Kim­ber­ley Girl cho­sen for over­seas mis­sion

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

Geraiyah Wig­gan has been reach­ing for the stars since win­ning last year’s Kim­ber­ley Girl and is now set for the trip of a life­time.

The Kim­ber­ley Girl pro­gram has pro­duced many suc­cess sto­ries, but per­haps none more no­table than last year’s win­ner, who was re­cently se­lected as a State am­bas­sador for an in­ter­na­tional trip.

Geraiyah Wig­gan was one of 12 young WA lead­ers se­lected to fly to Hong Kong for the In­ter­na­tional Youth Ex­change Pro­gram, which gives del­e­gates the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop their un­der­stand­ing of a dif­fer­ent cul­ture and make net­works for their ca­reer goals.

The Djarind­jin-born beauty will pack her suit­case and leave the State for the first time in Fe­bru­ary and said she was proud to be an in­dige­nous rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“Com­ing from a very re­mote back­ground, there are not many op­por­tu­ni­ties like this for us back home,” she said.

“I would like to bring hope back to my com­mu­nity and be the in­spi­ra­tion ev­ery young per­son needs.”

Now based in Perth, the 19-yearold works as a tech­ni­cal as­sis­tant at a re­source and en­ergy or­gan­i­sa­tion, but be­lieves home is where the heart is and wants to make a re­turn to the Kim­ber­ley one day.

Ms Wig­gan rose to promi­nence in the re­gion when she took last year’s Kim­ber­ley Girl ti­tle and she said the pro­gram pre­pared her for this op­por­tu­nity.

“The pro­gram made me re­flect on my­self in many ways,” she said.

“It has taught me that know­ing where you come from is im­por­tant and I even­tu­ally want to re­turn home and help make a change.”

Goolarri Me­dia chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer and Kim­ber­ley Girl founder, Kira Fong, said Ms Wig­gan is a per­fect am­bas­sador for WA.

“Geraiyah dis­plays great lead­er­ship and is hard work­ing, ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate,” she said.

“She has made the most of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity pre­sented to her and is a de­serv­ing re­cip­i­ent of this place in the ex­change pro­gram.

“We wish her all the best for this ex­cit­ing jour­ney ahead of her.”

Min­is­ter for Youth Peter Tin­ley con­grat­u­lated the young lead­ers on their se­lec­tion. “I am con­fi­dent the ex­change pro­gram will of­fer ex­pe­ri­ences and per­spec­tives that can be used to strengthen the foun­da­tion of their fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer goals,” he said.

Pic­ture: Si­mon Santi

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