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 third Maraka Queen entrant, Mackenzie Di Bartolo. Mackenzie is 22 years old and is a disability support worker for Ingham Disability Support Services. She also, works behind the bar at the Royal Hotel.
Mackenzie is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hinchinbrook, Royal Hotel, La Dah Hair and Bree Camp Makeup.
We had the chance to catch up with Mackenzie 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 Mackenzie.
Favourite colour: Dark green.
Favourite food: Crumbed steak.
Hobbies/Interests: Painting, photography, anything crafty, music.
Favourite TV show/series: BBC’s Merlin.
Where did you go to school? Ingham State Primary School, Chanel College in Gladstone and Ingham State High School.
What made you decide to be a Maraka Queen entrant? I thought it would be a fun life experience, and a way to make some new friends.
What does it mean to you to be a Maraka Queen entrant? For me, being a Maraka Queen entrant is seeing the wider community come together. Without our entrants these events would not take place anymore, and I feel a piece of our community would be lost.
What would it mean to be crowned 2021 Maraka Queen? It would be an absolute honour to be crowned Maraka Queen. To be able to represent our community and the Maraka Committee in events throughout the year would be a pleasure.
What have you enjoyed most about the Maraka Queen experience so far? Getting to know all the other entrants, making some new friends.
What do you love most about living in Hinchinbrook? I love being a part of a community that has such strong family values, but still has lots of space to explore.
What is your fondest memory growing up in the district? Going to the Italian Festival and Maraka Festival with my friends, being able to hang out with my friends and have fun in the community.
What’s your favourite place to visit in the Hinchinbrook Shire? Broadwater National Park.
What’s your favourite place to visit in the world? Any of the waterfalls around Hinchinbrook.
What would be your ultimate holiday? To visit Saint Petersburg in Russia, would be a dream.
Describe yourself in one word? Enthusiastic.
What’s something interesting or quirky that people would not know about you? I love spiders, but I am terrified of frogs.
What is your greatest achievement to date? I would say my greatest achievement would have to be my role in the Ingham Theatre Group’s 2021 Production of ‘Desperadoes’, and definitely one of the most fun experiences I’ve had.
Who inspires you? Actor, Emma Watson, and all her work for women’s rights.
What motivates you? Learning. I love the conversation paths that open up when learning something new.
Do you have a cause close to heart? Camp Quality, and the work they do with children and their families suffering with cancer.
What is your favourite life motto/ quote? “I’m willing to be seen. I’m willing to speak up. I’m willing to keep going. I’m willing to listen to what others have to say. I’m willing to go to bed each night at peace with myself. I’m willing to be my biggest bestest most powerful self.” -Emma Watson.
What are your dreams/plans for the future? I want to travel around the world, exploring and experiencing what the world has to offer.
We wish Mackenzie the best throughout her Maraka Queen journey and with all her future endeavours.