Sa­man­tha’s de­light as char­ity Wish comes true

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Drum­sagard wo­man has tri­umphed at a beauty pageant in aid of a good cause.

Sa­man­tha McCrae, 25, was crowned Miss Na­tional Trea­sure last week­end at a pageant in Glas­gow.

The con­test is con­nected to the Make A Wish char­ity and raises thou­sands of pounds for the cause each year.

Last week the Re­former told how Sa­man­tha was hop­ing to do well at the event – and she im­pressed the judges enough to win the con­test which was held at the GoGlas­gow ho­tel.

She had pre­vi­ously held var­i­ous fundrais­ing events for the char­ity.

Sa­man­tha said:“It’s not quite sunk in yet but it’s amaz­ing. It’s been six to eight months of hard work and it’s all paid off. It was ac­tu­ally one of the quick­est days of my life as well – we ar­rived about half 11 and af­ter reg­is­ter­ing we had re­hearsals for the open­ing num­ber.

“Then we had the in­ter­view sec­tion of the day, where we had one to one in­ter­views with the judges, which all goes to­wards your fi­nal score.

“That went re­ally well and put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

Crown­ing glory Sa­man­tha McRae.

“Af­ter that it was time to get my hair and make-up done and be­fore I knew it, it was 7pm and ev­ery­one was ar­riv­ing.”

The evening then kicked off with a song and dance num­ber – some­thing that Sa­man­tha ad­mits is not ex­actly her favourite part of the con­tests.

She said:“The open­ing num­ber is al­ways the worst part be­cause I’ve got no danc­ing skills what­so­ever, so thank­fully I was at the back for that one.

“Then there were the dif­fer­ent rounds – first was Scottish, then fash­ion wear, then evening wear.

“When I was told I’d won I just put my head in my hands, I couldn’t be­lieve it. It was crazy – when the crown got placed on my head I reached up to touch it be­cause I still couldn’t be­lieve it.”

Now she is keen to help raise both money and aware­ness for the Make A Wish char­ity who grant the wishes of ter­mi­nally ill chil­dren.

She said: “I’ve now got a full year to raise money for Make A Wish and raise aware­ness for them.

“I’ll be go­ing along to other pageants too, so it’ll be all events to do with the char­ity or with helping peo­ple at other pageants – I might end up crown­ing other girls or judg­ing con­tests too.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

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