New Jacaranda candidate Amanda Finucan is planning some quirky fundraisers.
New Jacaranda candidate Amanda Finucan is planning some quirky fundraisers. Daily Examiner

Newbie falls in love with Jaca time

AMANDA Finucan is confident, outgoing and enthusiastic.

She is also the seventh young woman to nominate for the 2009 Jacaranda Queen title.

Proudly sponsored by her employer, Westpac Banking Corporation, Amanda is keeping her self busy planning fundraisers.

“I moved here a little over 12 months ago and fell in love with the place,” she said.

“I am really excited to get out there in the community, make new friends and contacts and be apart of something that is so special to Grafton.”

Having experienced her first Jacaranda last year, Amanda was drawn into the action.

“The Jacaranda festival is at a beautiful time of year and there is something for everyone.

“I had a great time last year, but I had my four-week-old son Lachlan on my hip so didn't get to do as much as I would have liked,” Amanda said.

Amanda was convinced to enter the competition by a good friend, Danielle Bower, who was the 2007 Jacaranda Princess.

“Danielle was telling me about what a great experience it is, how many people you meet and how is changes you as a person. So I thought why not give it a go,” Amanda said.

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys rowing with the Minnie Water Surf Club, fishing and taking part in water sports on the Clarence. She has a love of restoring old furniture and enjoys public speaking.

She has many fundraisers in the pipeline, with a quirky difference.

“I am organising a slave for the night auction that will take place on June 19 at the Clocktower hotel,” she said. “There is also a teddy bears picnic a bit later in the year.”

Other fundraising ideas that Amanda has are a pub crawl and a Fathers Day raffle.



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