Tunarama Ambassador Quest

One of the longest running charity quests in Australia!

2020 Tunarama Ambassador Crowned ~ Congratulations Belinda Currie, Tunarama Ambassador 2020!! Belinda was sponsored by Mitre 10 Port Lincoln and raised funds for Royal Flying Doctor Service.

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Jessica Sims

My name is Jessica Sims.

I would like to start off by thanking my sponsor; The Hotel Boston. Without your support this would not be possible.

I’m what you would call a true “Lincoln-ite”. I love everything about Port Lincoln, the scenery, the people, the general atmosphere. They say you have to have lived here for 20 years or have been born here to be considered a local and I was lucky enough to be the latter.

My parents, siblings and I make 6, which was always great for our 4 wheel driving, fishing and camping adventures. I could think of no better way of spending my summers exploring what Port Lincoln and the surrounding areas have to offer with the people closest to me.

I work as one of the Gaming Managers at the Hotel Boston. My customers and colleagues make my job enjoyable. I particularly enjoy talking to the tourists visiting the area, always in awe of our beautiful city. Their fresh view of my hometown is always a great reminder of how lucky we are.

Our community is very special, no matter how many times we give, help or support, we don’t stop. We don’t let our support for one cause stop us from supporting many more. It is this kind of community spirit that has inspired me to enter the Tunarama 2015 ambassador quest.

I am very proud to be raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation’s brand new Eyre Peninsula office. The office will become a local recourse for EP residents impacted by blood cancer. This includes providing initiatives such as an education and support program to be run by the Leukaemia foundation support services team.

Blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders can develop in ANYONE, of ANY AGE, at ANY TIME, with few clearly identified risk factors and often no real warning. The impact of a diagnosis is immense and usually immediate for both patient and their family. Currently 178 people are using the Leukaemia Foundation services on the Eyre Peninsula with an average of 50 being diagnosed every year locally. This diagnosis can be particularly traumatic for regional patients and their families, uprooted from their homes, work and support networks as they have to relocate to treatment in Adelaide, often within 24 hours of diagnosis. The average length of treatment is 8 months. If this isn’t motivation enough, the enthusiastic attitudes of all the amazing team at the Leukaemia Foundation really drives my desire to help and be involved.

Port Lincoln’s community relationships coordinator Mikaela Sellen had the pleasure of opening the Local office and has already been a huge support for me. I look forward to working with her not only throughout the quest but for any future fundraising endeavours.

To my fellow entrants, I both admire and praise your efforts in raising funds for the charities of your choice and personal achievements in such a worthwhile and rewarding experience.

As the Luekaemia foundation slogan states “Vision to cure, Mission to care”.

Thank you.

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