Former Miss Universe Australia and wellbeing advocate Rachael Finch.
Former Miss Universe Australia and wellbeing advocate Rachael Finch.

Former Miss Universe Australia to step out for Wishlist gala

SHE'S the all-Aussie girl who came within a whisker of securing a Miss Universe title.

And next month the lovely Rachael Finch will turn heads when she steps out at the 2015 Wishlist Spring Carnival Gala.

The former Miss Universe Australia will take time off the catwalk to support Sunshine Coast charity Wishlist on September 18.

She will join television personalities Natalie Barr and Mark Berretta, along with "hairdresser to the stars" Joh Bailey, to raise funds for vital Sunshine Coast health services.

Wishlist CEO Lisa Rowe said she was looking forward to having Ms Finch at the gala fundraiser.

"Since representing Australia at the Miss Universe competition in the Bahamas in 2009, Rachael has become a household name and appeared in a broad range of luxury modelling campaigns across the globe," she said.

"Rachael's distinctive and charming on-camera presence has seen her feature in a number of popular television programs including Dancing With the Stars; High Road, Low Road; Celebrity MasterChef and Sunrise."

Ms Rowe said the star's passion for health and wellbeing had made her the ideal Wishlist Spring Carnival Gala ambassador.

"The funds raised at the 2015 event will be directed to providing and sustaining the most ideal environment for families to relax and retreat from the clinical environment of the children's ward while still being in close proximity to their bed-bound child at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital," she said.

"The fit-out of this space and that of the Special Care Nursery parents' rooms was not included in the scope of work for the new hospital, so we'd like to ensure these rooms are fitted out as creatively and comfortably as the Health Service and Wishlist can accommodate. "

Last year's Spring Carnival Gala raised $169,000, which funded an endoscopic ultra-sound machine, a point of care ultra-sound and a video laryngoscope.

It also helped fund Nambour Hospital's diversional therapy program, which sees therapists use yoga, music, interaction with animals and structured play sessions to help reduce stress, anxiety and insomnia in pediatric patients.

This year's major auction items are all valued at more than $5000 and include paintings, a luxury holiday, a Sunshine Coast Daily advertising package, 100 bottles of wine and laser eye surgery.