Local success stories set to tell tales

NOMINATING the best event in See Change Winter Arts Festival is hard but Coming Home takes some beating.

INSPIRATION: Haana van Rossum helps support poor children in Nepal.

INSPIRATION: Haana van Rossum helps support poor children in Nepal.

Coming Home will celebrate the talents and achievements of people who grew up and were educated in the Shoalhaven.

Many high achievers have been produced in the Shoalhaven and Coming Home, a Jervis Bay and Basin Arts group event, is a chance to acknowledge their successes.

Coming Home will be held at the Huskisson Community Centre on Saturday, May 24 from 4.30pm. Artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and sportspeople will attend.

An impressive total of 11 presenters will speak at the event

Among the inspirational people are Haana van Rossum, Dan Daly and Gabby Dover.

Ms van Rossum, who finished the her HSC in 2000 at Shoalhaven High School, went onto study podiatry and in 2008 went to Nepal with The Leprosy Mission Australia to treat people’s foot problems.

The poor circumstances of the children in Nepal struck a chord and she launched Pearls of Poverty.

Since 2010, Pearls of Poverty has provided care for a small number of orphaned children. It also sponsors poor children so they can go to school.

Mr Daly is completing his PhD into optimal retrofit

strategies to minimise electricity consumption and greenhouse emissions in commercial buildings.

He has travelled widely, most recently to China as a member of the winning solar decathlon team.

He built a fully solar powered, high performance house, and transported it to China to compete in the Energy Olympics.

Gabby Dover, a former Nowra Anglican College student, has been travelling the world as an international fashion model. 

Ms Dover has been on catwalks in New York, London, Milan and Paris,

She has also been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Oyster.

Other presenters include musician Paul Greene, Sydney to Hobart sailor Grace Kennedy and artist Randall Sinnamon.

Tickets for Coming Home cost $5 and are available at the door.

The full See Change program can be found at www.seechangefestival.org.au

The festival ends on June 9.


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