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 2013

Vittorio Dal Grande

My name is Vittorio Dal Grande, otherwise known as Vic by my friends & family.  I am currently employed as a Customer Service & Ground Handling Supervisor for Qantaslink based at the Port Lincoln Airport.

Eyre Travel, who is also the contractor for Qantaslink Port Lincoln, is a travel agency managed by two wonderful people I got to know for the past three years, Geoff & Kathy Nottle. For without their support & gracious consent to represent their company in this distinguished event, I would not be an entrant.

The Tunarama Ambassador Quest has a strong foundation built through tradition over the last 50 years as part of the Tunarama Festival, & I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all past organisers & contestants. Today, the Quest is open to everyone, no matter what walk of life, gender, & provides a great opportunity to raise money for local charities.

I would like to think that I may bring something different to the Quest & hope I can share my life’s experiences, my energy, my humour, my professionalism to support other fellow entrants.

My inspiration comes from growing up here in Port Lincoln, watching & participating in fundraising events, that I too could make a small difference in fundraising for a worthwhile charity like the Community House Port Lincoln. I chose to do something rewarding not only for myself, but for the general community in Port Lincoln too.

The need to raise vital money for a local organisation, Community House Port Lincoln is my chosen charity. It is a local, not for profit organisation situated in our own town of Port Lincoln, that has been operating for 15 years, and purely relies on funding to carry out the vital work of educating, up-skilling & enhance the quality of life for people who may be disadvantaged or less fortunate or with barriers.

The good work & support offered is only possible through funding & thanks mostly to volunteers who devote their time & energy to ensure continuing provision of many services.

Being the age of 42, I explored a number of career paths: I worked as a cadet journalist & photographer for the Port Lincoln Times, photographer for The Studio in my early years.  I moved to the Northern Territory for some 15 years and worked as court and parliament transcriber, media and marketing, executive secretariat work, and hospitality.

However, some five years ago, I returned to my old stomping ground … amongst familiar faces, familiar places.

‘Mr Eyre Travel’

Vittorio Dal Grande

was also awarded

2013 Most Photogenic

When someone asked me: ‘Who is one person that has inspired me to be who I am today?’ I guess I could never really pin the answer to one particular person, because there has been many people on a local, individual and global level that has inspired me. They may have been that one particular person who looks after the poor and needy in third world country, that certain individual who has found a cure to an illness, or a person who have assisted many on a local level … they all inspire me knowing we can strive to help each other because of their generous hearts.