Saroo’s story resonates
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.”