Jesse helps to make real wish come true
THE new face of the Maryborough RSL will hold a Christmas Cocktail Party to help raise funds and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Having been stripped to her knees, the young Hervey Bay model, has gained confidence in leaps and bounds winning modelling contracts and pageants.
Jesse Heldens won herself a modelling contest at Miss Country Girl in Maryborough's Station Square Shopping Centre when she was 10 .
Then during her high school years, she was the victim of bullying and spent three-and-a-half years on crutches while waiting for her double knee surgery.
She left the school, and did grade 10 at TAFE and a make-up and beauty course
Twelve months later and with the support of mum Linda and boyfriend Matt, Jesse is now walking tall and raising funds for the foundation.
"I was in a wheelchair for three months, both my legs were strapped in metal braces and stuck straight out in front of me,” Jesse said
"Modelling was my passion and my knees put everything on hold.
"As soon as I was back on my feet I jumped at the opportunity to have another go at it.
"So I entered Miss Galaxy Pageants and after a couple of interviews received a phone call I was a state finalist for Miss Teen Galaxy Australia.”
The 17-year-old recieved an information package and part of that was to help raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jesse and her mum spoke to many businesses including the Maryborough RSL who have sponsored her for her first fundraising event.
"The RSL have been super supportive and as part of the sponsorship they will supply champagne, food and venue for the party with $5 going to Make-A-Wish,” Jesse said.
Two days after advertising the party on the Maryborough RSL Facebook, Jesse has received more than 1600 likes.
"We are really looking forward to getting a good response to the party,” Jesse's mum Linda added.
"There are more than $2000 prizes for raffles and silent auctions.”
Some of the prizes include a Tamworth trip by G&D Ross, a painting by James Ainsley, Hervey Bay Harvey Norman items, gift vouchers and packs, Maryborough and Hervey Bay cinemas and Brolga Theatre passes and collectables.