Young Ambassadors

Have you ever thought of being an ambassador for the Apple & Grape Festival? Two candidates have already signed for the 2016 Stanthorpe Apple & Grape Festival Young Ambassador Quest and the Festival Committee is excited about the plans leading into its 50th Anniversary. The Committee encourages any young person Male or Female, aged between 18-35 years, single or married or with dependents to consider becoming a Young Ambassador. Also on the lookout list is for local businesses, clubs and organisations who are interested in sponsoring a Young Ambassador to contact any of the Directors listed below.

The Young Ambassador quest offers great incentives and rewards to its candidates ensuring that while they may be busy fundraising for the popular festival, in return they can gain much for themselves. As always there is the lure of great prizes for the Festival Ambassador and Fundraising Ambassador, which includes a travel prize, luggage and lots more. As part of their participation in the program, all of the Young Ambassadors receive prizes from a range of business houses.

In addition to prizes there are informative sessions allowing Young Ambassadors to expand their knowledge and learn more about the district and what it has to offer. Marella Pinchbeck will return for the 2016 program providing the entrants with skills in etiquette, deportment and life goals. Marella also helps entrants with public speaking, which compliments the Toastmasters program the Young Ambassadors will be involved in.

There are visits to the Museum to gain historical knowledge about the Granite Belt as well as visits to local wineries, Apple Farms and Packing Sheds and Vegetable Farms giving them an insight into the industries that showcase our region as a premier fruit bowl of South East Queensland. After-all entrants are an Ambassador for Stanthorpe and the Granite Belt and the insight into local production is invaluable. Organisers are also looking into expanding these visits to include other industries which are now becoming a bigger part of the region.

Entrants are also provided with other incentives for their efforts, rewarded with a clothing allowance of $500.00 payable after the ambassador raises $4,000 (excluding the nomination fee of $200) which is paid by the sponsor of the young ambassador. There is also an” Ambassadors Choice” award and prizes where all the ambassadors choose who they think was the most congenial and conducive during their time as a young ambassador. The “Local Knowledge” category will be reintroduced for 2016 and the committee is interested in hearing from any sponsors who wish to be part of the overall Young Ambassador program. All the Directors are former winners of quests and they assure interested persons that involvement is a fun and rewarding learning experience.

For further information contact Jane McLucas 0411 066 952, Sarina Maggiolo 0427 813 626, Mackenzie Elliot or email ambassador@appleandgrape.org.au