22/07/2021 - 15:00

Minderoo boost thriving minds with TED Talk

22/07/2021 - 15:00

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A seven-year-old girl from Queensland and a Hollywood filmmaker have been enlisted to promote a new, global endeavor from Minderoo Foundation’s Thrive by Five initiative.

Minderoo boost thriving minds with TED Talk
Nicola Forrest is co-chair of Minderoo Foundation. Photo: David Henry

A seven-year-old girl from Queensland and a Hollywood filmmaker have been enlisted to promote a new, global endeavor from Minderoo Foundation’s Thrive by Five initiative.

That’s as part of a video, to be screened in hospitals around the world, that promotes parental interaction as a way of assisting early childhood brain development.

Molly Wright, a schoolgirl from Queensland, stars in the TED Talk video, with Michael Gracey, who directed The Greatest Showman and served as an executive producer to Rocketman, serving as director.

Joondalup Health Campus, through Ramsay Health Care, hosted the event’s launch this morning, alongside a hospital in Afghanistan courtesy of the Bayat Foundation.

UNICEF will support the film’s global distribution.

“We believe every child can, and should, thrive by the age of five,” Nicola Forrest, co-chair of Minderoo, said.

“Science tells us that the volume of a child’s brain has reached 90 per cent by the age five, so we want to help set parents up for success and increase awareness of the importance of having positive interactions with children early and often.”

Mrs Forrest said the response to the film, which has garnered more than 1 million views since airing, has been pleasing.

“It is a message for everyone, and I encourage all parents and caregivers to watch the talk and think about their interactions with children," she said.

"This has the potential to change lives."

Minderoo is the largest philanthropic foundation in WA as ranked by funds distributed, according to Data & Insights, having spent $88.3 million on charitable causes in the most recent reporting period.

It's also the largest employer in the state's philanthropic sector with about 200 employees.

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