Sa­roo’s story res­onates

Melville Times - - Street Watch -

Sa­roo Bri­er­ley with stu­dents Ella Dou­glas, Sinead Smithies, Skyla Pengilly, Tia Kenny, Grace Ritchie and Iysha O’Meara.

With the help of Google Earth and child­hood mem­o­ries, he spent years painstak­ingly search­ing satel­lite images for his home­town and his bi­o­log­i­cal mother, who he was re­united with after 25 years.

Bri­er­ley’s jour­ney from the streets of Kolkata to his adopted fam­ily in Aus­tralia and his mis­sion to find his birth mother was re­told in his autobiography A Long Way Home, in­spir­ing the 2016 film Lion.

Bri­er­ley shared his in­cred­i­ble story as the key­note speaker for the 2017 Mer­cyCare Ora­tion in Perth on Septem­ber 21.

Santa Maria stu­dents Ella Dou­glas, Iysha O’Meara, Sinead Smithies, Skyla Pengilly, Grace Ritchie and Tia Kenny won a school pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion and the op­por­tu­nity to meet and speak with Bri­er­ley dur­ing his visit.

“Lis­ten­ing to Sa­roo’s jour­ney I was so in­spired by his courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to keep go­ing on a nearly im­pos­si­ble mis­sion,” Ella said.

“It was in­ter­est­ing how the first five years of his life had such an im­pact and af­fected his devel­op­ment, as if some­thing was miss­ing from his life.

“When he found his fam­ily and vil­lage, he was ful­filled and now has a full un­der­stand­ing of his per­sonal iden­tity.”

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