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.

<< Back to 2014

Rachel Van Overdijk

My name is Rachel van-Overdijk and I’ll be representing Winter Springs for the Tunarama Ambassador Quest 2014.

Noel and Ruth Linsell offered their support during the Quest for a shared love of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. As members of the RFDS Port Lincoln Auxillary, Noel and Ruth have been raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service for 30 years. They have also made an enermous impact on the community through business, various committees’ and charities. I would like to thank Noel and Ruth, not only for the support of sponsorship but for their guidance.

I chose the Royal Flying Doctor Service for the support they provided my husband during a critical moment in his life.

Since meeting the members of the RFDS, it has meant more to me than saving the lives of our friends and families, but to honour the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and staff of the RFDS. The Australian Inland Mission Medical Service, later renamed the Royal Flying Doctor Service began operating in 1928. John Flynn witnessed the daily struggle of pioneers in remote areas with only two doctors for an area of almost two million square kilometres. Now 85 years on, the RFDS had 61 Aircrafts in the Fleet with the “Flying Intensive Care Units” attending to an average of 750 patients per day.

As for me, I grew up in Perth Western Australia.

As a teen, I became lost and felt an extreme change was needed in order to find myself again. I moved overseas, became a qualified chef, visited several countries and fell in love with the small communities I lived in. I started to view the world differently, I had a new confidence and hunger to try things that were once scary. While living in Scotland, I met Ian, who always spoke of his home in Coffin Bay with such passion and enthusiasm. We moved home to Perth the following year, got married and had two beautiful children. After living in Perth for a number of years, we missed being a part of a community.

A short time after moving to Port Lincoln, I felt that I was part of a community again. I gained a great deal of support from local businesses and the community while researching and publishing my book ‘Eating on Eyre’. I also learned there was alot more to this small community than I first thought. Since writing ‘Eating on Eyre’ and the short time I have been a part of the Tunarama Ambassador Quest I have met many people who have the same enthusiasm for Port Lincoln, Local Charities and the Community.

I have a great deal of respect for these people and only hope I can create the same excitement for the members of our community in the future.

I am looking forward to many aspects of this journey, but I’m also terrified….with comfort that the five other women I join in the quest stand beside me and share the same fears and excitement. After all, we share a common goal, to support Port Lincoln and our chosen charity.

Good luck to the other ladies, I feel honoured to be sharing this experience with you.