Name: Courtney Angus
Pillar: Business, Leadership & Community
Sponsor: First Seeds Fund
What is your dream?
My dream is to encourage young adults to live life to the fullest by enjoying their weekends without the use of drugs or alcohol. I developed More To The Weekend (MTTW) as a not-for-profit organisation with a difference: unlike the common “don’t do drugs” campaigns, MTTW offers a solution. MTTW creates supportive environments that encourage a healthy lifestyle and increase positive community activity for the high risk demographic (16 - 30 year olds). It also builds community knowledge and strives to change the acceptability of drugs and alcohol within our culture, and invites young adults to experience what the Gold Coast (and further afield in the future) has to offer through scheduled social events and activities. In 5 years, my goal is to have an MTTW weekly event calendar in place in every major city across Australia.
Tell us a bit about you
I’m a World Champion wakeboarder, and passionate about health and fitness. Since becoming Professional Women’s World Champion in my rookie year in 2013, I was named the “Queen of Cable”, and am now the current US Pro Tour Overall Champion for the second consecutive year. I recently travelled to the World Titles in Mexico as Captain of the Australian team, where our team placed 5th. So far, I have hosted three More To The Weekend events, with the first ever MMTW event attracting more than 100 young adults aged between 16-35 to join in beach volleyball.
How have you demonstrated commitment?
I am applying the same dedication and commitment to MTTW as I did to winning the World Championships. I started MTTW 6 months ago and my passion for this project has already enabled me to establish one weekly event calendar for the Gold Coast, and develop a program to offer fun, healthy and social activities for Schoolies as an alternative to binge drinking. More To The Weekend operates as a not-for-profit, and is currently in the process of being registered with the ACNC.
What challenges do you face?
The greatest challenge I face at this stage is finding reliable volunteers to host events.
How will you use the money?
The grant will allow me to produce a Sliding Doors-inspired video in partnership with Round III Media that will kick-start MTTW across Australia. The video project focusses on young people in our target demographic and will reach out to a greater audience, but also will provide a platform to introduce potential supporters to the message behind MTTW and help attract support from local government and sponsors for future events and programs.
How do you plan to give back?
More To The Weekend aims to reduce drug and alcohol use to take pressure off over populated rehabilitation centres, relieve the health industry and influence a healthier lifestyle and overall community. By utilising facilities, promoting professional athletes as role models and supporting local sport and the tourism industry, More To The Weekend proactively assists over-populated drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, the health industry and the overall community.