Day is dream fit for ambassador
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.
Darren Lomman with Bassendean Mayor John Gangell.