Lea a true global ci­ti­zen

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By GIOVANNE TORRE

NED­LANDS is a long way from Sene­gal and Switzer­land, but it has been the proud home sub­urb of Ro­tary ex­change stu­dent Lea Ren­evey.

The 17-year-old stu­dent from Avry, a Swiss vil­lage with a pop­u­la­tion of fewer than 1900, has been liv­ing in Ned­lands for al­most a year.

Fran­cois and Genevieve Ren­evey adopted Lea from a health post in Dakar in Sene­gal, when she was an in­fant.

Lea speaks French, Ger­man, English - and some Ital­ian - and is an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity in Avry as well as in Perth.

Back home, she is ac­tive in her vil­lage’s youth group and is study­ing hard to pur­sue her dreams.

“Af­ter col­lege, I want to go to the univer­sity to learn medicine and surgery. I want to be­come a neu­ro­sur­geon,” she said.

She is a run­ner, gym­nast, bal­let dancer, ad­vanced scuba diver and surfer – and also finds the time to sing and play piano and guitar.

A vo­ra­cious reader, Lea has trav­elled around the world with her fam­ily and has learned much about the world. She will be re­turn­ing home to Switzer­land in the first week of July.

Perth Ro­tary im­me­di­ate past-pres­i­dent Gra­ham Pe­den, whose fam­ily hosted Lea for part of her stay in Perth, said she had been a won­der­ful stu­dent and would be missed by the many friends she’d made here.

“The Ro­tary ex­change pro­gram is sup­ported by most of the 100 clubs in WA and helps stu­dents de­velop life­long lead­er­ship skills, learn a new lan­guage and cul­ture and build last­ing friend­ships with other young peo­ple around the world,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d470450

Ro­tary ex­change stu­dent Lea Ren­evey (18) will be missed by all her friends when she re­turns home to Switzer­land next month.

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