Paris Dickson entered the Tunarama Ambassador Quest in the hopes of building more confidence in herself.
Now, after embarking on a months-long journey of fundraising for her chosen charity Yarredi Services, she can say she’s come out better on the other side.
“I always joked about joining but didn’t think I would actually go through with it,” she said.
“I joined as a way to get involved in the community and step outside my comfort zone and build my confidence,” she said.
Miss Dickson’s chosen charity Yarredi services assists anybody who has suffered from domestic violence.
They provide domestic and Aboriginal family violence services, with onsite crisis support units for those in need.
“I just have a soft spot for helping people in situations that often they don’t have a lot of control over,” she said.
“The best thing about Yarredi services is what they do for women and children,” said Miss Dickson.
Miss Dickson said she has also incorporated different ways of fundraising for the charity.
“My first event was a truck convoy... we started in Arno Bay, and came back through Tumby Bay, Cummins and back to Lincoln,” she said.
“It was a good way to get the outside communities involved,” she said.
Miss Dickson said she had always been involved in the Tunarama festival, and has learnt a lot on the quest.
“You learn so much that you didn’t know about yourself,” she said.
She said for those thinking of competing in the years to come, it is essential to have a good support network around you.
“My support network, my family, work, my sponsor, they’ve all helped me,” she said.
“I would say don’t think of it as a competition, and just get involved in the community and make sure you’ve got a really good support system behind you,” she said.
Sharyn Potts, executive officer at Yarredi services, said Miss Dickson supporting Yarredi was exciting.
“We thoroughly appreciate it, we think she’s a very special young woman and we appreciate her raising funds for us,” she said.
“It helps to raise our profile a little bit too so that people who are in need of our services know whats there,” she said.