Rikki works to tap community’s beat
RIKKI Raadsveld was born in a small fishing village called Workum in The Netherlands’ province of Friesland. Her family emigrated to Australia in the spring of 1960 when she was two. They made their home in Stanley in about 1976. Rikki later spent 20 years living near the Surf Coast, moving back to Beechworth in 2013 with her partner, Lex Fletcher. What’s your job? I have two day jobs, at Vision Australia Albury in marketing, communications and events and at Community Accessability in Wodonga managing around 270 volunteers providing community transport for the aged and disability sector in the Greater Hume region. My fun job is Beechworth Music Festival. What brought you to these roles? When I look back over my working life, I’m not really sure how I got to my current roles. From working in the horse industry at 15, it’s been an interesting journey, but I love a challenge and each job over the years has led me to the next. What do you love about your jobs? I enjoy interesting and diverse roles and learning new things. The not-for-profit sector brings its natural rewards of working for community benefit and, of course, Beechworth Music Festival is bringing something different to the Beechworth community that I believe complements the history and culture that the town has in abundance. What do you do in the community? Beechworth Music Festival’s ‘Boom Box’ is provided for commentary, music and live-to-air radio broadcast at many events in the area. I’ve volunteered at the iconic Ned Kelly Vault and now help out with the Barrowthon (BeechworthMount Buffalo wheelbarrow charity push).
What’s the most important current community issue for you?
What would you do to solve, change or improve that situation?
Try to remain open-minded and without judgement – everyone has a story.
What’s the most important current world issue for you?
The displacement of refugees around the world.
If the person you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was already here, who would that be and what would you show them?
My Ome (uncle) Ger from Holland. I met him once when he came to Australia in the early 1990’s. He would watch me ride my showjumper Banjo and asked if I could teach him to ride. As a (very fit) retiree I thought it would be a challenge but he quickly learned to trot and canter safely on Banjo. He enjoyed spending time in the bush on his visit so I would take him riding again and show him places like Wallaby mine and the historic gold rush landscape. Why the landscape? There is so much freedom - so good for the mind, body and soul! What book are you reading? I recently finished Patti Smith’s ‘Just Kids’. I saw her perform at Hamer Hall – an inspirational poet and artist.
GENEROUS: Beechworth’s Rikki Raadsveld enjoys the rewards of working for the not-for-profit sector for community benefit, and for local people to enjoy Beechworth’s Music Festival.
Mental health. It remains largely hidden and stigmatised, especially in a vibrant community like Beechworth.