Maybe Mad start-up a mental health win­ner

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Ebony Graveur and Amani Vas­sil­iou

TWO young peo­ple from Dalby are work­ing to com­bat the mental health is­sues faced by many in ru­ral ar­eas.

Ge­orge Harris and Brid­get Ward were de­clared win­ners last Thurs­day night at the Busi­ness Nav­i­ga­tor’s Pitch Chal­lenge Fi­nals Night.

Com­bin­ing their love of theatre and their pas­sion for mental health, Maybe Mad Theatre Com­pany uses per­for­mance-based ed­u­ca­tion in schools to ad­dress mental health is­sues as­so­ci­ated with liv­ing in iso­lated com­mu­ni­ties.

“We lit­er­ally just fin­ished univer­sity this year and this has re­ally pushed us to have a bit more struc­ture with our busi­ness,” Ms Ward said.

“We are so grate­ful for this op­por­tu­nity and win­ning this means we can now travel out to re­gional ar­eas and help those com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are re­ally pas­sion­ate about this so the money means the world to us.”

Mr Harris agreed, say­ing the prize­money af­firmed a con­sen­sus that younger gen­er­a­tions should pur­sue their dreams.

“I would have re­gret­ted not do­ing this and miss­ing out on all these op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he said.

Ms Ward said: “Peo­ple should find some­thing they are pas­sion­ate about and just do it.”

At­tract­ing more than 150 peo­ple on the night, the event show­cased the busi­ness ideas of nine fi­nal­ists from the West­ern Downs re­gion.

Other win­ners in­clude David Ab­bott in the cat­e­gory of Best Growth Idea, and Naomi Gearon in the cat­e­gory of Best New Busi­ness Idea.

The Chal­lenge is sup­ported by the Shell QGC So­cial In­vest­ment Pro­gram and its com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing start-ups and grow­ing busi­nesses.

PHOTO: MATT RYAN

YOUNG WIN­NERS: Ge­orge Harris and Brid­get Ward were win­ners of the Best Young En­tre­pre­neur cat­e­gory in the Busi­ness Nav­i­ga­tor’s Pitch Chal­lenge.

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