Samantha’s delight as charity Wish comes true
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.”