My name is Kim Pridham and I am sponsored by Drakes for this years Tunarama Ambassador Quest.
A lot of people have been asking me why I decided to enter this years quest. Besides a bit of encouragement from a girl at work, it came down to 2 reasons: 1; being able to be in a position to make a substantial amount of money for a deserving charity and 2; to meet new people as I have only been in Pt. Lincoln for just over a year.
Before moving here, I lived in Adelaide my entire life, growing up in the northern suburbs. I have 1 sister who is 2 years younger than me who lives in Adelaide with my Mother who is a store manager for IGA supermarkets.
Things weren’t always easy. After suffering many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of my father, my Mum got the courage to leave him when I was 4 years old and I haven’t had much contact with him since. Even after what he put her through, Mum never spoke poorly of him, wanting us to make our own decisions about him. Experiencing this made me want to choose a charity that would be close to my heart, which is where Yarredi Services came into it. Mum worked hard to support us, relying heavily on my Grandparents while she worked long hours to make our lives more comfortable.
At 16, I started working for Franklins supermarkets which was later taken over by Drakes. I started out as a cashier and once I finished school I started doing some relief supervision before being promoted to 2nd in charge customer service manager by the very man that introduced me here tonight. From there I moved up to manage the department at our Elizabeth Park store before taking the opportunity to move to this wonderful town and meet my equally wonderful partner. I have also played netball for more years that I’d like to mention and currently play for the Boston Tigers.
Moving on to the charity that I have chosen, which is, Yarredi Services. As many of you may already know, Yarredi deals with domestic violence. Sharyn Potts and her team are there for people to turn to when they have nobody else. As my family has been through domestic violence first hand, this is something that I am very passionate about and the way to raise awareness is to have people that are willing to talk about what they’ve been through so other victims know its ok to talk about it.
Yarredi would highly benefit from any funds raised which can be used for so much, such as; emergency housing, tools to help children express their emotions and what they’ve been through and to help people that have left their situation get back on their feet.
As I said earlier, my sponsor is the company I work for, Drakes supermarkets. Drakes gives so much to charity each year through so many fundraising programmes, too many to mention so naturally they would love to be involved in such a great fundraising event. I would like to thank them not only for putting up with me for so many years, but also for supporting me and have confidence in me to raise awareness for such a needy cause.
But I would also like to thank the Tunarama programme and committee because without such a quest in place with amazing people giving their time to help us through this process, none of this would be possible.
The community of Pt. Lincoln is very supportive of the Tunarama festival and the entrants and I would like to thank them and everyone for their support.