Day is dream fit for am­bas­sador

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

THIS Aus­tralia Day will be ex­tra spe­cial for 2007 WA Young Aus­tralian of the Year and Town of Bassendean am­bas­sador Dar­ren Lom­man.

It will be the first in five years that he will spend at home in Perth and his first baby is due near the end of the month.

The founder of Shen­ton Park-based Dream­fit Foun­da­tion has spent the past five Aus­tralia Days help­ing to cel­e­brate the na­tional hol­i­day in dif­fer­ent parts of WA.

The baby will be in­duced if it has not been born by Jan­uary 27.

Mr Lom­man said he en­joyed see­ing how dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties cel­e­brated Aus­tralia Day.

“I have been to dinky di Aussie places where the mayor rocks up to events in thongs and a sin­glet and oth­ers where they are in a suit and tie,” he said.

“The ap­proach I take on the day is to re­flect on how lucky we are; this is an awe­some coun­try.

“I just en­cour­age ev­ery­one to be friendly and help each other out.”

This year he will be at Ash­field Re­serve in Bassendean for cel­e­bra­tions.

Now in its 13th year, Dream­fit Foun­da­tion de­signs new in­ven­tions and pieces of equip­ment that en­able peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It started out as a 13-week pro­ject as part of my en­gi­neer­ing de­gree in a six by six me­tre gar­den shed; I al­tered a mo­tor­bike for a para­plegic,” Mr Lom­man said.

“Now we have vol­un­teers that help with about 200 projects per year.

“I was sup­posed to grad­u­ate dur­ing the en­gi­neer­ing boom and get a job. I had it all planned out but things changed and I have been blessed to work with th­ese vol­un­teers.”

Fam­i­lies are in­vited to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia at the re­serve from 5-9pm with a pic­nic and en­joy live en­ter­tain­ment and fire­works.

Ra­dio sta­tion 98.5 Son­shine FM will broad­cast live from the event.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.aus­tralia day­bassendean.com.au, like the Town’s Arts & Events page on Face­book www.face­book. com/bassendea­narts an­de­vents or call 9377 8000.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d448396

Dar­ren Lom­man with Bassendean Mayor John Gan­gell.

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