Katura Halleday

Tallai, Queensland

Art and education equality advocate

When this Gold Coast teenager was asked to give a short speech at an event, she had no idea how much of an impact her words would make. Her talk on education in developing countries caught the attention of a documentary maker, who ended up accompanying her to Mozambique to film Katura’s Story – which the young Queenslander presented to the UN. Back home, Katura organised an art competition and exhibition to raise funds for children’s education in Africa. Attracting entries from pre-schoolers through to aged care residents, as well as influential supporters, the initiative raised thousands, united the community and gave Australian amateur artists the opportunity to shine. Katura now hopes to make it an annual event and raise funds for local causes.