Festival Queens/Young Ambassadors
Over the past 50 years, Busselton has held an annual Festival Queen/Ambassador competition as part of the annual City of Busselton Festival. Festival Ambassadors participate in a judged competition held over several events to assess their public speaking skills, personal presentation, ability to interact in social environments and their fundraising abilities.
Apex actively supports the Festival of Busselton by regularly mentoring young ambassadors. This involves working closely with the chosen Young Ambassador to realise fundraising ideas and develop more confidence with their public relations.
In 1977 Apex sponsored a young woman who was the last Apex winning entrant until 32 years later when Tiffany Himing and Laura Eakin each took out the title in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Most recently, Laura Armstrong received the honour of Fundraising Queen for 2016/17, only the fourth since 1964. Laura fundraised to support two ventures; The P.A.R.T.Y Program (Prevention of Alcohol and Risk Related Trauma in Youth) and Telethon. Through a combined effort from both Laura, Laura’s family and the Apex Club, several successful fundraisers were held including the Inaugural Busselton Apex Gala, sheep shearing for hobby farmers, a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle and a family friendly Scavenger Hunt throughout the heart of Busselton. All in all, just over $11,000 was donated and Apex looks forward to supporting further Young Ambassadors in the future.