Tunarama Ambassador Quest

One of the longest running charity quests in Australia!

2019 Tunarama Ambassador Crowned ~ Congratulations Damien Burner, Tunarama Ambassador 2019!! Damien was sponsored by Port Lincoln Travel and Cruise and raised funds for Community House.

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Chloe Dreckow

My name is Chloe Dreckow. This year I am taking part in the Tunarama Ambassador Quest as Miss Kallinyalla Garden Centre.

 

I am 24 years old and I was born here in Port Lincoln and have lived here my whole life. Growing up in this beautiful area we went on countless beach and camping trips as kids which are things I still enjoy doing now.

 

I finished my schooling at Port Lincoln High School in 2012 and first took a gap year before beginning studying nursing externally through UniSA in 2014. Throughout my gap year, I continued working as a kitchen hand at my job at the Eyre Peninsula Old Folks Home and halfway through my nursing degree I decided to become a personal carer at the facility, which I have now worked at for almost 8 years. I hope to one day get back to my nursing degree and eventually become and midwife.

 

I am also a very avid traveller. After going on my first overseas trip to Thailand in 2014, I got the travel bug. I generally travel twice a year and have totalled 23 countries so far with many more on my bucket list.

 

I have just this year become a volunteer driver for Red Cross. At the beginning of the year I walked in the Tunarama parade with Red Cross and seen they were in need of drivers. After seeing the quest entrants in the parade I said “how cool would it be to be a Tunarama entrant” but thought it was way out of my comfort zone as I have always been a very shy and quiet person.

 

A family friend who works at Red Cross said “why don’t you do it and raise money for us here”. I thought about it a bit and thought it would be a great way to build on my confidence and social skills and seen the great help it would be for Red Cross. Although it was a big step, I decided to say yes.

 

Red Cross are a not for profit organisation whos primary purpose is to “support and empower people and communities in times of vulnerability”. Red Cross work towards human dignity, peace, safety and well-being for all. They do this with the many services available in the community.

 

They have walking and friendship groups to encourage social inclusion and a transport service to help connect people, who would otherwise be socially isolated, with these services as well as attend other social events and appointments.

 

Red Cross also supply people with hospital hygiene packs for those without access to those things and red care packs that support girls and women that don’t have access to sanitary items. Red Cross supply those who would otherwise be spending Christmas alone with a meal and presents and a day of fun which is all paid for with funds raised throughout the year.

 

There are so many other wonderful community projects Red Cross are involved with so it’s a privilege for me to help raise the much needed funds for these projects. The other lovely volunteers and Red Cross clients and staff have already done so much to help me in my quest journey which I thank them for.

 

Unfortunately, they couldn’t be here today but I would like to thank Leonie and Stephan Ebert from Kallinyalla Garden Centre for offering to be my sponsor for this years quest. Leonie also works at Red Cross so it’s a perfect partnership.

 

They have also already helped so much in this journey and I’m looking forward to working with them more over the course of the quest as well as the Red Cross clients, staff and volunteers and also working with the wider Port Lincoln community, Tunarama and the other entrants.

Thank you