My name is Chantelle Lock and I am very proud to say that I am working hand and hand with Elders Port Lincoln, to be an entrant in the Tunarama Ambassador Quest this year.
Elders have already proven to be a valuable support for me and I would like to thank them for deciding to support me through this journey in raising funds for a charity which is very close to my heart, the Royal Flying Doctors.
I was born in the Riverland in South Australia, and was raised by adventurous parents who followed their dreams and ambitions wherever it took them. My mother was a hardworking and dedicated nurse who specialised in emergency care. she was a loving and generous person who would give all she could to others, I dream of one day walking in her footsteps and to do her proud.
My Father is a creative person who is always thinking of new ambitions. This led our family to live in an old church which he restored, a fruit block, a property with horses and then eventually moving to Cowell to buy a farm. My childhood was extremely colourful, exciting and full of adventures. I feel very blessed to say that.
As a country girl I am the happiest exploring the rugged countryside with my partner and daughter Isabelle, fishing and regenerating the land we have purchased together.
My partner Damien and I were not born or raised in Port Lincoln but our great love for this city has proven to us that it is where we belong and where we will stay. We are very proud to call Port Lincoln our home.
Since living in Port Lincoln I have found loving support throughout the community, while raising my daughter and working at the Port Lincoln Hospital. I am currently working as a community respite worker with the elderly. A job that is not only rewarding but allows me love and care for those that need it most.
To be able to support the Royal Flying doctors means the world to me. The RFDS saved my mum’s life countless times and eventually flew her to receive an emergency heart transplant. That transplant gave mum an extra six years of life, it gave her long enough to watch my siblings and I grow up and also allowed us to grow up by her side.
In my eyes I owe The Royal Flying doctors the world because they gave my family the greatest gift someone could ever give, but I am proud and excited to be able to support them in the only way i could find possible.
The day I met the organisers of the flying doctors I felt that I had just caught up with old friends or family members, they were so warming and caring and in that moment i knew that they ran this charity with their hearts and nothing else. Its funny because even though i want to give them all i can they are the type of people that would genuinely appreciate a heartfelt smile of appreciation in the street.
The huge impact the royal flying doctors had on my life is just a drop in the ocean to how many lives they have touched. Countless families have been touched like mine and I think i speak for us all when I truly say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I would like to say thank you to everyone that has supported me throughout this opportunity and I wish all of the quest entrants the best of luck with their journey throughout the quest this year.
The Tunarama event is one that has been going strong since 1962 and is an important and integral part of our community.