Dapto teenager Olivia Strumfin was announced as the winner of the Illawarra’s Top Model competition at a gala night held at the University Hall on Saturday night.
The 18-year-old was picked out from 12 finalists, with an event spokeswoman saying she had been recognised for being “an all-round package”.
Ms Strumfin will head to Europe to work with German-based modelling agency Core Artist Management as part of her prize.
This year’s second annual modelling competition received more than 100 entrants and raised $52,000. Funding will go towards a mental health “clubhouse”, run out of St John’s Lutheran Church on Burelli Street.
The Wollongong program is based on, but not accredited by, a United States “community-based” treatment approach to mental health, Clubhouse International.
Proceeds from the modelling competition will also go towards providing respite for young carers.
At Saturday’s gala, a number of prizes were awarded including the Mercury Readers’ Choice Award, given to Bree Millar.
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