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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Rebbecca Groen

My name is Rebbecca Groen and I am proud to be Miss Port Lincoln Hotel for Tunarama 2013 Ambassador quest. My family and I moved to Port Lincoln when I was 7 years old, so this town has been my life and I am proud to still live and work here.

The majority of my schooling was completed here; I attended the Port Lincoln Primary, Kirton Point Primary and I completed Year 12 at the Port Lincoln High School, graduating in 2002. After school I worked for a few local companies, with a passion to travel I spent two years in the Northern territory. During my time away, I experienced life and matured and had a better appreciation of my home town. I came home to Port Lincoln after two years in the Northern Territory and was delighted to be given the opportunity to work at the Port Lincoln Hotel as a Front Desk Receptionist.

My position at the Port Lincoln Hotel has given me the opportunity to communicate with visitors and tourists, welcoming them to this amazing region. I have been rewarded with the chance to express my love for my hometown and also offer great insight on all tourism opportunities available across the Eyre Peninsula. It has lead me to now having the confidence to participate in the Tunarama quest for 2013.

I am proud to be Miss Port Lincoln Hotel and have chosen ‘Riding for the Disabled’ as my charity here in Port Lincoln. The work the volunteers at the RDA charity do is amazing, providing  opportunities for children with a disability to experience something able bodied children may take for granted. They do this willingly and with spirit. The volunteers work with people who have a range of disabilities such as autism, vision and hearing impaired, recovering from cancer, delay in development, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities and plenty more. I have had the great pleasure of being able to speak with the volunteers and see their facilities, in an outstanding location, with clean and well kept grounds.

The RDA formed in Port Lincoln approximately 9 years ago on a private property out at the duck ponds. As the years passed,  the need for a bigger facility was required and the RDA moved out to their current location on Proper bay Rd. They currently have eight horses that have either been donated or leased to the RDA.  The horses range from 10-30 years old and are what they call “bomb proof”.

My inspiration for choosing Riding for the Disabled as my charity came from when I worked on a cattle station in the Northern Territory and I was able to witness the calming effects stock have on children and adults who have learning and behavioural disabilities. With this knowledge I am honoured to be assisting the local RDA charity. It is my focus to help the RDA with their goal to build a shelter over the arena. An all weather arena will ensure that the riding school will be able to function in any type of weather  – benefiting everyone.

My reason for joining the Tunarama Quest was to be more involved with the community and gain self confidence and develop on a personal level. I would also like to encourage more people to be involved in the Tunarama quest. Although it is still early days I am ecstatic with my choice to enter and implore more people to do the same. I wish my fellow Tunarama quest entrants the best of luck and have had a great time getting to know you all.