Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Gemma's Labour of Love; Surf Girl Entrant Raises $17K for Club

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Gemma's Labour of Love; Surf Girl Entrant Raises $17K for Club

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HAYLEY NISSEN

DEPUTY EDITOR

hayley.nissen@news-mail.com.au

A LOT can happen in nine months - babies can be born and thousands can be raised for a good cause.

And on Saturday night, at Brisbane City Hall, Gemma Henricksen's labour of love came to an end, as she and 12 other Summer Surf Girl entrants gathered for a final gala dinner and closing speech.

The hard-working Bundaberg 24-year-old travelled to Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast, for four days of judging, which she described as "really intense" and not at all like a beauty pageant.

The group took part in mock rescues, set up patrols, taught their skills to multicultural students at the artificial beach at South Bank, in Brisbane, and visited a Westpac rescue helicopter hangar to learn the ins and outs.

The ball was the culmination of everyone's hard work and saw more than $400,00 raised for Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Gemma raised an astounding $17,650, which will go directly to the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club. …

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