Read about the 2019 Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival King and Queen Competition Entrants.
CASEY HEWEN – Grenfell Swimming Club
Casey is 19 years of age and has lived in the Weddin Shire her entire life. Casey currently works for Central West Credit Union and her job responsibilities include money handling, bank account maintenance and various customer service roles including handle enquiries and complaints.
During Casey’s 19 years she has attended our local schools St Josephs Primary school and The Henry Lawson High School graduating in 2017. Since then she was lucky enough to obtain a traineeship with Central West Credit Union in Cowra, this has allowed her to attain her certificate 3 in financial services and she is currently studying her Certificate 4 in Credit Management.
After work and on weekends Casey enjoys playing Netball in the local women’s competition as well as being part of the local women’s Senior Rugby League Tag team.
Casey hopes that by participating in the 2019 Henry Lawson Festival Queen/King Competition that she is able to further develop her skills and raise funds for the Grenfell Swimming Club to provide further shade at our local pool, which will benefit the whole community.
What does the Festival mean to Casey? – ‘The Henry Lawson Festival gives local organisations, businesses and individuals the opportunity to get together and celebrate our local icon/poet Henry Lawson. It encourages locals and visitors to enjoy just some of our events and talents that Grenfell have to offer for the whole family. Ultimately it allows everyone to catch up while celebrating our well known Henry Lawson in a fun-filled atmosphere.’
TARA ANDERSON – Grenfell Lions Club
Tara is 19 years of age and has lived in the Weddin Shire her entire life. Tara keeps herself busy working for both Good Start Early Learning Centre and the Railway Hotel. While she is working at Good Start Early Learning Centre she supervises and monitors children’s learning, implements curriculum and records children’s progress, routines and interests, while working collaboratively with families and other staff. At the Railway Hotel she spends her time bartending, waitressing and working with patrons and customers.
Having grown up in the Weddin Shire Tara attended the Grenfell Long Day care Centre, Grenfell Public School and The Henry Lawson High School. While continuing to work both her current jobs, Tara hopes to further her studies and major in special needs either by teaching or becoming a teacher’s aid in rural NSW.
In her spare time she likes to bake, cook, do arts and crafts and spend time with her family and friends. Tara was recently sashed ‘Miss Grenfell Showgirl 2018’, the self growth, understandings, skills and confidence she gained from the whole experience was amazing. It taught her to never give up an opportunity or experience, because you never know where it might take you.
What does the Festival mean to Tara? – ‘The Festival is an important aspect of our community; it brings everyone together as one; including families, friends, committees and the community. It allows our community to benefit through town promotion while recognising not only the great poet and story teller Henry Lawson but also our local artists.’
CHAD WHITE – Grenfell Rotary Club
Chad is 37 years of age and has lived in the Weddin Shire for the past 18 months. He is currently employed by PHN-WPRD – Western Plains Regional Development Suicide Prevention, his job responsibilities include raising awareness about suicide prevention, providing training to the community around suicide and forming a strategic plan for the Weddin Shire.
Chad started his career as a nurse but after 17 years in the industry he decided on a career change and became a food and beverage attendant where he worked alongside some very prominent figures including the Prime Minister and Governor General. Chad is currently working as the project officer and has been in this role for the past 12 months. Chad was nominated for citizen of the year for the Weddin Shire. He has also been nominated for the Barbara Hocking memorial award for the R U OK organisation.
Chad’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, collecting antiques, travelling, camping but his favourite hobby is eating cake – He loves Cake!
What does the Festival mean to Chad? – ‘It is about community coming together and showcasing our beautiful community spirit. It is also a celebration of Henry Lawson that we project to all our welcome visitors to our town and give them that warm hospitality and country experience.’