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Monday, 25 June 2018
Page: 6153


Mr WALLACE (Fisher) (13:49): This weekend I was particularly proud to represent groups in the community of Fisher who do so much to help those who are less fortunate. On Friday night, I attended a fundraising dinner organised by 17-year-old Samara Welbourne. Samara was the 2014 Sunshine Coast Young Citizen of the Year and a 2017 Young Leader at the Sunshine Coast Inspiring Women Awards. She runs her own business on the coast which supports international development projects, and she is a surf lifesaver. Samara's dinner, supported by Hot 91.1 FM, raised money for Variety, a children's charity. The money will go toward improving the lives of children facing sickness and disability.

On Saturday night, I was part of a team of colleagues and friends at the Hear and Say trivia night at Siena Catholic College. Everyone had a lot of fun, and a packed hall paid testament to how much we raised for children living with hearing loss.

The next morning, I dropped by the Sunshine Coast Solstice Swim to raise money for Sunshine Coast Young Veterans and the Alexandra Headland Rotary. Supported by great local sponsors including Channel Nine and by many wonderful volunteers, 150 brave souls braved the bracing winter water, raising thousands for important local groups.

Thank you and congratulations to all of the organisations, attendees and volunteers who took part in these important community events.