GLEN INNES local Cassandra Newsome has been selected to feature on the cover of this year’s Yellow Pages phone book.
Cassandra was selected under the theme, Australian Stars Rising Above, which celebrates promising Australians who succeed beyond their years and make positive change in their community.
Following the loss of her mother as a child, Cassandra struggled with anxiety and depression, her weight reaching 115kg in her early 20s.
Drawing inspiration and strength from her personal life-changing experience, Cassandra has been motivated to help others achieve their goals and to provide support to those with low self-esteem.
As an advocate for a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, Cassandra rode from Brisbane to Sydney, visiting 60 schools for her “What About Life!” ” educative. campaign, fundraising for the Ted Noffs Foundation.
“With so much pressure on people these days, I think it’s important for young people to have a role model who promotes a healthy lifestyle. I love to show that it can be so easy and make you so happy, ”Cassandra said.