ROPES Crossing resident Kim Cancellier was crowned Mrs Charity Queen Australia at the Mrs Australia Quest — a pageant for those who have a true beauty within themselves which raises awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research — on Saturday, April 12.
The local beauty queen said she was in complete shock when she was announced this year's winner.
"Moments before being announced this year's Charity Queen, I rushed off stage in fear that I would pass out due to a heart condition I have," Mrs Cancellier said.
"I heard my name called from backstage and two of the previous title- holders came out and assisted me back onto the stage.
"I was so overcome with pride in my achievement that I forgot about my heart."
Mrs Cancellier raised $8500 for the pageant's charities through fund-raising including mini pageants, an online photo competition and monetary donations from local businesses.
As the reigning queen, she will continue to raise funds and awareness about ovarian cancer.
She has also decided to raise public awareness of childhood cancers.
"Children understand that they have a pain or feel sick but that can be the extent of it," she said.
"It takes the parent to see or feel something with that child and take action.
"We need to make children and parents aware of what immediate signs and symptoms to look for and to educate families that regular health checks are vital."
To raise awareness, she has planned a number of fund-raisers and social media promotions.
"I have started a toy drive to start off with just after Easter," she said.
"In addition, I will also be hosting a future faces pageant to raise funds and awareness.
"I will be using social media to my advantage and I even plan on carrying out mail blasts for the public."
Mrs Cancellier will compete in the Global United Pageant in Minnesota, in the US, in July. Categories include formal wear, personality, interview and the portfolio.