by Peter Carruthers
SHE was the first female winner of The X Factor and this week she was live on stage at the Proserpine State High School.
Samantha Jade performed during a tour of Proserpine and Bowen, spreading a Christmas message with the Salvation Army.
This morning she appeared on Channel Seven's Sunrise program in a live cross from Bowen.
During her stop at Proserpine she took part in an on-stage Q&A before singing songs with the help of Proserpine State High School students.
Growing up, she told the Whitsunday Coast Guardian she had instilled in her virtues of charity and helping those less fortunate that herself.
"I am a huge fan of the Salvation Army and what they do, so when they asked me to come to the Whitsundays I didn't think twice,” she said.
"I had heard about Cyclone Debbie and the devastation it left and I am happy to help wherever I can.”
"Growing up we always gave to heaps of charities, my mum was very much about 'give and you shall receive'.”
Jade said she had been bombarded with testimony about how incredible the Whitsunday community has fared in the face of adversity.
"And how everybody got together and that is how everybody is okay. It's so important for the community to all pull in together and help one another,” she said.
The fact that she performed at an all-purpose hall a stone's throw from a cyclone shelter which housed displaced victims of Debbie at the neighbouring primary school was not lost on the Aria Award winning artist.
Jade marked the five-year anniversary of winning The X Factor by performing What You Have Done to Me for the Proserpine High School Students.
From 5.30pm today Jade will take to the stage at the Bowen sound shell to perform a selection of songs and Christmas carols at a community barbecue event.
"We are going to have food and drinks and spread the Christmas cheer, it should be fun,” she said.