Meet this year's Jacaranda Festival Matron of Honour
GRAFTON resident Debbie Bowling wants the Jacaranda Queen candidates to know she will be there with a Band-Aid and cuddle whenever they need.
Mrs Bowling has been named 2015 Jacaranda Festival Matron of Honour.
"Being there for the girls is my main role," Mrs Bowling said.
Mrs Bowling said she would bring her expertise in make-up artistry and caring nature to the role.
The owner of colour and style image consultancy business Image with Presence, Mrs Bowling is also a Nutrimetics cosmetics distributor and helped establish the Look Good Feel Better program at the Grafton Base Hospital.
Look Good Feel Better is dedicated to teaching cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment.
"I am repeatedly told one of my key attributes is my gift to nurture and care for people," she said.
"With my experience in presentations and public speaking I feel I would complement our 2015 Jacaranda candidates in a very positive way."
Mrs Bowling has a long association with the Jacaranda Festival.
In 2006 her daughter Kelly Gavin (nee Bowling) was crowned Jacaranda Princess and raised a record $28,000.
Mrs Bowling said every time she travelled she told people she was from Grafton, where they have the Jacaranda Festival.
"It's surprising how many people know about it," she said.