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For the love of gelato and dream come true for 18-year-old

MOODY FOODIE: Liza and Zachary Roberts with Groovy Mood Food. Zachary has a condition called Fragile X but it hasn’t stopped him starting his own business.
MOODY FOODIE: Liza and Zachary Roberts with Groovy Mood Food. Zachary has a condition called Fragile X but it hasn’t stopped him starting his own business. Sharyn Oneill Roksgroovy

A LOVE of gelato and a dream has seen Zachary Roberts start up his own business in no time.

The 18-year-old knew that as soon as he finished school he wanted to run a gelato business - six months later, he's doing just that.

While Zachary lives with Fragile X Syndrome, he hasn't let that stop him from reaching his goals.

Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic condition that can result in autism and other intellectual disabilities.

Zachary's mum Liza said they have their challenging days, but Zachary is committed to his work.

His business, Groovy Mood Foods, makes gelatos and sorbets that are sold at local expos, markets and a few cafes that have jumped onboard with the products.

With support through community organisations, Zachary was able to buy an ice cream machine, laptop and utensils to get his business started.

A few days a week Zachary and his mum are able to use CQUniversity's Universal Cafe to make their products.

But starting a business doesn't stop there, with Zachary involved in all stages.

"Zach does everything from helping to make the products, to marketing and designing the flavours," Liza said. "He even promotes his business with an Austin Powers-inspired character which he takes to expos."

The former Emmaus College student said his products are fun to make and the best thing about the business is getting to meet different people.

Zachary's hoping to see his business grow in the future and is studying hospitality at TAFE to see that dream come true.

FRAGILE X SYNDROME

It's the world's leading inherited cause of intellectual disability and single gene cause of autism

Carriers can pass the defective gene on to their children

People who are carriers of the Fragile X gene can often have social or communication issues, learning problems at school, high levels of anxiety and depression.

Some people who are carriers may not appear to be affected at all.

Topics:  business, gelato




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