Inspirational community members in TEDx spotlight

Karley Jacobsen and TEDx Bundaberg speaker Mat Grills at the event.
Karley Jacobsen and TEDx speaker Mat Grills at the event.

TEDx Bundaberg drew a big crowd to the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre today and encouraged lively discussion around the theme of empowering ideas.

When first announced, co-organiser and CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor Wide Bay Burnett, Luke Sinclair, said the event placed a strong focus on ideas that would empower individuals to make positive change in the region.

“This is the first time a TEDx event has been held in Bundaberg and the organising committee is really excited about showcasing talented and inspiring locals as part of the program,” Mr Sinclair said.

“Ultimately, the mission of TEDx worldwide is to spread ideas in local communities, spark conversations and inspire curiosity.”

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Chanel Smith and Carol Christensen enjoying the TEDx event.

Bundaberg Region TEDx

Speakers at today's event shared their ideas, discussing a range of subjects including overcoming struggles with illness, unique teaching methods, a rise to singing stardom and more.

The line-up included local sporting star Taryn Gollshewsky, business owner and marathon runner Mat Grills, entrepreneur Morgahna Godwin and contemporary Aboriginal artist Rachael Sarra.

High school students give event a thumbs up

Event volunteers Ebony Linning from Bundaberg State High School and Eryn Skerman from Shalom College helped out during the day.

The students were also given the opportunity to watch the presenters and said each story was inspirational and motivating.

“We have listened to a Professor of CQUniversity who told us her methods of teaching nursing,” Ebony said.

“They were a little bit different and unconventional so it was very interesting.

“We also listened to a couple of other people who spoke about their illnesses or disabilities and struggles that they have had to overcome.

“It was very inspiring.”

Eryn added the amount of local stories that were shared on stage was exciting.

“TEDx has given many local people a voice, allowing us to keep up to date with what is going on with their journey and experiences,” she said.

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Student volunteers at Ted X.