Be a Model Citizen and Help Your Rescue Helicopter Save Lives

Could you be Mackay’s next top model? Do you want to help save lives and make a lasting difference to hundreds of people in our community?

Then now is the time to register for the 2017 RACQ CQ Rescue Model Search.


By entering and competing you’ll help raise funds for one of the region’s most deserving and well-respected charities and have the chance to be discovered by an international modelling agency.

Event organiser Brooke Thompson, owner of Brooke Lee Modelling, said last year’s event attracted 92 competitors and raised $31,000 for RACQ CQ Rescue, which was a substantial increase from the 2015 event which raised $28,000.

The event was primarily a fundraiser as well as model search, Ms Thompson said, and each entrant over the age of four could either pay the entry fee or raise the entry fee and above through sponsorship and fundraising activities.

Models who raised more than the $250 entry fee would go into the running to be crowned Overall Charity Winner.

Among the young competitors, this year are Mackay sisters Ashlee and Penny Berkett. Ashlee has entered again this year in the 8 to 11 years age group and Penny has registered in the 4 to 7 years group for the first time. Both girls are fundraising to become Charity Princesses.

Ashlee and Penny, with help from their mum Amy, have made over 250 bump packs to raise funds for RACQ CQ Rescue, Ms Thompson said. They have been selling their packs as well as fundraising chocolates around their neighbourhood and have already attended five different markets in the region so far.

Ms Thompson said the models would hit the catwalk at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on Saturday, June 10 competing in two categories including Daywear and Cocktail/Evening Wear for ages four and over as well as the Swimsuit Category for models aged 12 and over.

“A representative from Vivien’s Model Management will be judging and scouting at the competition and are on the lookout for at least one to two models from the Mackay,” Ms Thompson said.

“The lucky models selected will receive the opportunity of a lifetime to join Vivien’s catwalk and photographic classes and also enjoy lunch with Vivien’s bookers, agents, clients and models to learn all about the modelling industry.”

All money raised by entrants and ticket sales goes directly to the Mackay-based rescue helicopter. Entries close on May 20 but registrations will be taken until 2 pm.