The Chair of the Better Healthcare Foundation Ms Gail Godwin-Smith said,
“I am blown away by the talent displayed here in Emerald this afternoon. You wouldn’t see better on the stage of the Queensland Performing Arts Complex in Brisbane.”
This statement reflected the skill and energy of the young people who performed on Saturday as part of the #BIGRURAL talent quest. Thirty young people along with their families, friends, and members of the general community enjoyed an afternoon of entertainment culminating with five winners and two grand winners being announced from the 10 finalists.
Gypsi Brunker was one of the grand finalists; stunning judges and audiences with a powerful rendition of “Hallelujah”. Many of the audience were overheard saying that her performance caused them to have “Goosebumps”. Katarina Parlato also stunned the crowd with both her ensemble and individual dancing and singing acts.
Mayor of the Central Highlands Regional Council, Cr Kerry Hayes commented, “How important it is to have a range of different avenues for young people to become involved in our community.” He reiterated Council support to establish a Headspace service and congratulated Central Highlands Healthcare on quickly responding to the need to enhance youth health services with the #BIGRURAL program. “I think Emerald could regularly host a talent night to give young people a chance to enhance their performance skills.”
The event also saw the launch of a #BIGRURAL Wellbeing partnership between Central Highlands Rugby League and Central Highlands Healthcare. The partnership will allow both organisations to provide improve youth access to health services as well as promoting healthy lifestyles for young people.
Central Highlands Healthcare CEO Michael Bishop said,
“I welcome any community partner who will strengthen the health, wellbeing and safety of our young people. We are currently fundraising to establish a youth outreach worker position and a van so that we can provide mobile youth health services across the Central Highlands.”
To support the initiative or gain further information about #BIGRURAL please do not hesitate to contact Michael Bishop on 07 4986 7400.