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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Darian Abraham

I’m Darian Abraham. I’m 23 years old and have only recently moved to the city of Port Lincoln from Adelaide at the beginning of this year. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work, as I have a strong passion for helping and working with vulnerable children and people in need. Whilst I am studying, I am also working part time at Drakes Foodland and volunteer within the Port Lincoln State Emergence Service. I am entering the 2019 Tunarama Ambassador Quest as Miss Drakes Port Lincoln, who I wish to thank for being my sponsor, and my chosen non-for-profit organisation for this quest is the State Emergency Service of Port Lincoln.

 

Drakes is a great South Australian family business, which I have worked with for almost 7 years. Approaching 50 years in the industry, Drakes prides themselves on customer service and customer satisfaction. Through the Drakes distribution centre, over 7000 people throughout South Australia and Queensland have gained employment across over 50 stores. Drakes supports local community growers and suppliers, providing the community with access to their local produce. Drakes supports the community in a variety of ways including donations through the community dollars program and providing goods for community events and times of need.

 

For those who don’t know much about the South Australian State Emergency Service, or SASES, it is a volunteer service that provides emergency response to the community of South Australia 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We provide community response for incidents such as marine rescue, land search and rescue, flood and storm damage and vehicle accidents, just to name a few. Driven by a passion for helping others and giving back to the community, I joined the SES at the beginning of this year after moving to Port Lincoln.  Since joining the SES I have learned boundless amounts of practical skills and experience which can not only be employed within the community but also within myself. I have found myself a part of a second family in the Port Lincoln SES with members going out of their way, not only within the organisation, but also outside to help the community and each other. The support, friendships and awareness of how the SES helps our community which I have gained through volunteering at SES is one of the main reasons I decided to run for the 2019 Tunarama Ambassador Quest. This Quest will not only allow me to get further involved with the Port Lincoln community which I now call home, it will also give me the chance to give back to this organisation that has helped me find and grow positively within myself.

The money that I raise will be going towards the purchase of two defibrillators and a forklift for the Port Lincoln SES. According to ‘St. John’s First Responder’ app and website, there is currently

only 1 registered defibrillator within Port Lincoln. As first responder’s SES are sent to aid people in hard to reach or remote locations, at times where ambulances can’t reach. . Having a defibrillator available on the boat and truck could be the difference between saving someone’s life and having to say goodbye. The forklift will help community businesses affected by flooding by aiding to dispatch sandbags to required locations quicker before damage to property becomes worse.  For the wider community, a forklift will help in major events and disasters such as bushfires to support CFS, Staging Area Management and deployment accommodation with the erection of the new Humanihut setup. The SES have discussed the requirements for a forklift for many years now. We currently have access to a forklift through a local company, but our assistance is often required outside of business hours. Having our own forklift will ensure there is prompt response to the community and assets are protected.

ng a defibrillator available on the boat and truck could be the difference between saving someone’s life and having to say goodbye. The forklift will help community businesses affected by flooding by aiding to dispatch sandbags to required locations quicker before

To promote all my fundraising events, I have sent up a “Miss Drakes Port Lincoln” Facebook page, so please take a look. I am excited for the opportunity to be involved with the 2019 Tunarama Ambassador Quest. I would again like to thank Drakes Port Lincoln for being my sponsor. And thank my committee team in advance – as I know they are just as passionate as me about wanting to raise funds for the Port Lincoln State Emergency Service.