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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Kelli Williams

IMGL1399-Edit MediumMy name is Kelli Williams and I am this year’s ‘Miss Woolworths- Port Lincoln’.

I am a happy and outgoing 28 year old excited for the journey I have already begun.

I was born on a spring day in 1986 at the Port Lincoln hospital.
It was just Mum and I living a blissful existence until the first of my 3 siblings came along when I was 6.

The spotlight was no longer solely on me and, of course not one to give up without a fight, I launched my counter attack and developed the confidence and cheeky charm I still possess to this day.

I attended Kirton Point Primary School, which for me holds highlights such as being on the student representative council, a sports day captain, narrating my year 7 graduation and receiving an award for outstanding achievement in Japanese. Konichiwa!

 

I was a bright student who always enjoyed learning, but with all my teenage wisdom I left the Port Lincoln High School in year 11 to pursue a glamorous career in a local fish factory.

At 19, not satisfied with the direction I was heading, l packed my bags and left Port Lincoln in search of adventure and some much needed life experience.

I found myself settled in Roxby downs for the next 4 years.

I worked in various roles throughout the hospitality industry until earning a management position at the cultural and leisure precinct.

While Roxby provided me with once in a lifetime experiences, and lifelong friends, Port Lincoln has always been home and I knew my love of the Eyre Peninsula would pull me back.

My return offered its own surprises and I had my beautiful daughter Laila in 2011.

As every parent knows, no amount of words can ever begin to describe the amount of unconditional love and sheer joy that enters your world upon having a child.

Laila is the reason there is a smile on my face every day.

Motherhood has been such a calming influence on my life and has made me a more selfless, caring and relaxed person who strives to be the best role model possible.

With Laila starting school next year and myself feeling like I have so much to give its time for me to take on a another challenge.

So this year, with the support of my employer and sponsor Woolworths, I am excited to finally be a part of this port Lincoln tradition.

The support I have received from family, friends, Ashley, James and the Woolworths and RSPCA teams has been the encouragement I needed to take this step in my own personal development, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities this unique experience will bring.

The urge to join this quest has been with me for many years, since winning the 1999 Miss Junior Tunarama contest.

For me, entering was never a question of why, more a feeling of why not? Why not become a more active participant in the local community, why not make a positive difference!?

Having considered entering a number of times, I had already decided who I was fundraising for many years ago. I’ve always had a soft spot for animals and didn’t have to give it a second thought.

The mission of the RSPCA is to prevent cruelty to animals, by actively promoting their care and protection.

The Port Lincoln shelter assists the Central and Southern Eyre Peninsula community by accepting any animal offered into their care, where they have the facilities, resources and capacity to do so.

Promoting policies and educating people on the humane treatment of animals in our region is very important and a cause I am proud to support through my fundraising efforts and creating awareness within the community.

As a non-profit organisation, the RSPCA rely almost entirely on the generosity of the public for ongoing survival.

The Port Lincoln shelter currently lacks an isolation facility for dogs, and the cat isolation facility requires improvement, both projects will benefit from my Tunarama quest fundraising.

 

These facilities will increase the number of animals the local RSPCA are able to assist and will improve the health and wellbeing of all animals at the shelter. This critical service provided within our community and upgraded facilities will allow them to provide a more professional and sustainable service.

Working alongside Julia and the team at the Port Lincoln shelter, and with a strong support network of family and friends I know we can make a massive difference to this deserving cause.

To my fellow entrants Krystal and Anthony, I wish you both the very best of luck!

Even though our journeys are separate we all share a common goal and I know together we can achieve something amazing for all our wonderful charities.