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.
My story began 18 years ago in the coastal town of Streaky Bay where I was born to some pretty awesome parents by the names of Scott and Louise Forbes who are so supportive of everything I do. I also have two younger siblings; a sister called Ellie and a brother called Jake.
My first year of life flew by and not long after my first birthday, our family of three at the time made the move to the stunning and magnificent township of Port Lincoln for dad to pursue his career in the trucking industry. Some of my best childhood memories come from trips in the truck to Port Augusta with my dad, as it usually meant missing out on school the next day!
Being the oldest, and with a son not born till seven years after I was, Dad has encouraged me to enjoy “boyish” toys. It was from being around dad that I have come to have a passion for nice cars, riding motorbikes, being outdoors, playing sports such as basketball, netball and horse riding. Another strong passion of mine is photography.
After completing year 12 at Saint Joseph’s School last year, I was fortunate enough to be given casual work at Wibberleys Chartered Accountants. My work must have impressed my bosses Brian Wibberley, Renee Simpson and my sponsor Harold Braakhuis as they offered me a traineeship as a receptionist which involved studying Certificate 3 in Business.
It is through working at Wibberleys that I met my sponsor Harold Braakhuis of Active Financial Management. It was Sharon, Harold’s wife who asked me if I was interested in being a Tunarama entrant.
As Sharon was the one to ask, it made choosing my charity even easier, as Sharon had been unwell earlier in the year and had to be flown to Adelaide by the Royal Flying Doctors Service. I also believe that they are worthy cause to support as they help out with supplying medical aid to all Australians in rural and remote areas, such as us here on the Eyre Peninsula. And even though you may never need them, when you need them YOU NEED THEM.
The Tunarama Ambassador Quest for me is a chance to learn new skills such as confidence and public speaking and I hope that by the end of this quest I will have grown as a person.
To me winning the Tunarama Ambassador Title is not the most important goal, but to reach my fundraising target and to learn new skills along the way, whilst helping out a great charity and getting involved with the community.
Good Luck to all the Tunarama Entrants this year, I am sure that we will all try our hardest and do our best for our sponsors and charities!