Samara Camilleri came across some Bribie VIEW members selling raffle tickets at the Rotary Markets before Christmas. ‘I was a Smith Family sponsored student’ she said. ‘Can I give you a hug?’ ‘You’re the reason we’re doing this’ they said. ‘Can you come and talk to our club about your experiences?’ Samara was a talented runner but she remembers before her first State Championship her family couldn’t afford the uniform.
Featured image(above): Guest Speaker – Samara Camilleri
Her parents had stressed the importance of getting a good education and Samara qualified at age 10 to receive a scholarship from The Smith Family. ‘It wasn’t just the money for textbooks, school excursions, coaching, and extra education expenses, it was knowing I had the constant support and mentoring from The Smith Family co-ordinator, the opportunities I didn’t know about and the advice to achieve my goals.’ Samara won the Mayor’s Young Achievement Award in primary school, a sports scholarship and academic scholarship in secondary school, an Elmor Oil grant suggested by The Smith Family and studied Sports and Event Management at university and represented TSF in a marathon run.
She has a special interest in Community Development and Diversity Employment Services and is now coaching and motivating students. Her younger sister is at university and is also on the programme. So best wishes and lots of hugs from members for her success in the coming Australian Championships where she is competing in the hammer throwing. Students don’t know which club in Australia is their sponsor but Samara wants to thank all the VIEW ladies for their support.
Bribie VIEW meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month for lunch at the Serenity Restaurant, Waterways Motel. Inquiries phone Faye on 3410 7444.