MEET our Maraka Queen entrants, learn about their interests, dreams, who inspires them, even their favourite food and what it would mean to be crowned 2021 Maraka Queen.
Introducing our second Maraka Queen entrant, Karli Casanovas. Karli is 23 years old and is an Administration Support Officer with the Hinchinbrook Shire Council.
Karli is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hinchinbrook, Shades N Blades Hairdressing, Damo’s Workwear, Hinchinbrook Shire Council, Bree camp Makeup and J & B Marine.
We had the chance to catch up with Karli and get to know a little more about her over a cup of tea. So, join us. Make yourself a cuppa, sit back and enjoy getting to know Karli.
Favourite colour: Pink.
Favourite food: Lasagne.
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking and exploring around the Hinchinbrook Shire. All outdoor activities including fishing, camping, and crabbing. Team sports especially netball, soccer and touch football. Supporting and volunteering to assist at local events such as Hair and Fashion Show. Spending time with friends and family.
Favourite TV show/series: McLeod’s Daughters.
Where did you go to school? In primary school I attended Our Lady of Lourdes. In 2015, I was a graduate of Ingham State High School.
What made you decide to be a Maraka Queen entrant? I decided to be a Maraka Queen entrant as I wanted to support the Maraka festival and start my first few steps of achieving my life goal of giving back to the community. I believe Maraka Queen teaches valuable life and career skills and encourages young women to be proud of bringing the community closer together.
What does it mean to you to be a Maraka Queen entrant? Being a Maraka Queen entrant to me means bring the community together as one for a happy gathering to celebrate how as a community we can all work together to encourage the Hinchinbrook Way!
What would it mean to be crowned 2021 Maraka Queen? If crowned as the 2021 Maraka Queen entrant, I would be more than honoured to represent our small community at future local and non-local events and mentor younger generations though Maraka Queen Quest.
What have you enjoyed most about the Maraka Queen experience so far? I have enjoyed making friendships with the other Maraka Queen contestants, whilst we all support and assist each other through the quest.
What do you love most about living in Hinchinbrook? I love that our Hinchinbrook Shire can accommodate anyone’s interests. Our shire hasso many beautiful surroundings and truly is the definition of a getaway to the wet tropics. Hinchinbrook Shire is known for its tropical Queensland experience from wilderness, indigenous experience, gourmet local food, history and adventurous surroundings. Hinchinbrook Shire is a once in a lifetime experience that everyone must have a chance to visit!
What is your fondest memory growing up in the district? My fondest memory would have to be making lifetime memories with my family, cycling down the cane headlands on my grandparent’s farms. It was always so lush and green and with the cool air on our faces, we always felt so free and blissful.
What’s your favourite place to visit in the Hinchinbrook Shire? Zoe Bay on Hinchinbrook Shire Island.
What’s your favourite place to visit in the world? Yanks Jetty on Orpheus Island or the Great Barrier Reef.
What would be your ultimate holiday? My ultimate holiday would be camping on a beach front with friends and family around a campfire. Maybe even with a few marshmallows.
Describe yourself in one word? Optimistic.
What’s something interesting or quirky that people would not know about you? I love playing card games with friends and family to keep my brain active.
What is your greatest achievement to date? My greatest achievement to date is purchasing my first home with my partner in 2018 within the Hinchinbrook Shire.
Who inspires you? My family, as they always encourage me to be the greatest version of myself and challenge me to pursue my goals with their support and guidance.
What motivates you? Encouraging individuals to achieve any goals they have no matter how big or small they might be. As there is no greater feeling than getting stronger even if it is after a fall.
Do you have a cause close to heart? I am very passionate about raising awareness for mental illness as almost half of Australian will experience mental illness within their lifetime. I aim to mentor others by letting them know that they are someone who matters. By being real to develop a positive sense of identity and use strength-based conversations to build trust and confidence. The month of October is Mental Health Month. I have donated and volunteered my time into a company called Black Dog Institute One-Foot-Forward. This program bought friends and strangers together to talk about mental illness within a safe environment. My main goal is to increase awareness for mental illness and reduce the stigma.
What is your favourite life motto or quote? Winston Churchill, “We make a living from what we get. We make a life from what we give.”
Do you have any dreams/plans for the future? My future life goals include giving back to the community by volunteering and donating my time to charities and/or local events and mentoring individuals to accept themselves to achieve better mental health.
We wish Karli the best throughout her Maraka Queen journey and with all her future endeavours.