Trio step up to save event

The Invercargill Eye - - RELAY FOR LIFE - MARY WIT­SEY

The fu­ture of the Cen­tral South­land Bride of the Year com­pe­ti­tion is se­cure, af­ter a group of lo­cal women have stepped in to run the event.

Af­ter 35 years of in­volve­ment, Cen­tral South­land Provin­cial Ru­ral Women NZ de­cided their time was up, hop­ing to find a group to take the com­pe­ti­tion over.

For sev­eral months its fu­ture was un­cer­tain, but that’s all changed thanks to Hannah Hawkins, Ze­phyr Dougan and Bev­er­ley Lind­say, who are ex­cited about the bridal com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We just

Hawkins said.

‘‘When we heard that the Bride of the Year was avail­able we wanted to be in­volved.’’

Great sup­port from Ru­ral Women NZ mem­bers pass­ing on information had made the tran­si­tion easy.

Lind­say said the trio also wanted to put their own stamp on the event, to be held on March 19.

‘‘We wanted to have some re­ally good prizes this year.

‘‘In­stead of the pub­lic vot­ing, we’ve got in­de­pen­dent judges to stream­line the event.’’

There will still be a peo­ple’s choice award, with a sep­a­rate prize love wed­dings,’’ for the win­ning bride.

‘‘The busi­ness sup­port for the event and for prizes has been awe­some.

‘‘The lo­cals have re­ally got be­hind it.’’

And while it had been a big com­mit­ment bring­ing the show to­gether, it had been worth it.

‘‘It’s such a great event.

‘‘Your wed­ding day is so spe­cial and this com­pe­ti­tion al­lows brides to wear their dress again and feel pretty.’’

Hawkins agreed, and said the com­pe­ti­tion was like a cel­e­bra­tion of wed­dings.

‘‘Ev­ery bride is beau­ti­ful in their own way.

‘‘It’s all about be­ing able to wear that dress again and we wanted to be able to give brides that chance.’’

The women had promised Ru­ral Women the com­pe­ti­tion would be re­tained in Cen­tral South­land, and Dougan said they wanted it to be about the com­mu­nity, with all funds raised go­ing to lo­cal char­i­ties.

‘‘It’s a com­mu­nity event to bring peo­ple to­gether.’’

Ex­cel­lent en­try num­bers had al­ready come in, but there was still time for new brides to put their names forward.

En­tries close on March 15.


Cen­tral South­land Bride of the Year or­gan­is­ers Hannah Hawkins, Ze­phyr Dougan and Bev­er­ley Lind­say, get into the spirit of the com­pe­ti­tion.

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