Isabella Macey may only be 11 but she knows just how important early medical intervention is in an emergency.
The Year 6 St Mary’s Catholic Primary School student is a diabetic and has entered the largest fundraising talent search in Central Queensland to raise money for the region’s rescue helicopter service.
By entering and competing in the 2019 RACQ CQ Rescue Talent Search, Isabella is vying for the chance to be discovered by an international modelling agency as well as helping raise funds for a lifesaving local charity.
Isabella, who enjoys photography, netball, motorbike riding and the beach, entered the talent search competition for the first time this year “as it sounded really exciting, I love modelling and I also get to raise money for charity,” she said.
Her fundraising initiatives so far include door knocking her neighbourhood, online donations by family and friends, sewing and selling scrunchies with help from her grandmother, selling tickets on a numbers board as well as a raffle with prizes donated by local business Flea Bags & Co. Isabella hopes to raise about $2000.
“I have Type 1 Diabetes so I know that I could need the helicopter’s help at any time,” Isabella said.
“So many people have been rescued and survived because of the rescue helicopter. We are so lucky to have their crew ready to help us in our community. Imagine if we didn’t have anyone to help us this way and so quickly?” she said.
Event organiser Brooke Thompson, owner of Brooke Lee Modelling, said last year’s event attracted about 70 competitors and raised about $22,000 for RACQ CQ Rescue, bringing the total amount raised in the last five years to more than $150,000.
The event was primarily a fundraiser as well as a talent 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 $200 entry fee would go into the running to be crowned Overall Charity Winner.
Ms Thompson said the models would hit the catwalk at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre on Saturday, August 24 competing in two categories including Daywear and Cocktail/Evening Wear as well as the Activewear/Themed Sportwear Category for models aged 4 years and over.
“A representative from Vivien’s Model Management Brisbane will be judging and scouting at the competition and are on the lookout for at least one to two models from the Mackay event,” 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 RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service