Editorial Team

A callout has gone out for the public to get behind the inaugural Triple 0 Charity Ball which is raising vital funds to support South Australia’s emergency service workers and celebrate the people who risk their lives every day to protect our community.

As the state borders reopen, the fundraiser at the William Magarey Room at Adelaide Oval on 27 November comes at a vital time.

The black-tie event will raise essential funds for three charity partners closely connected to the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, SA Police and SA Ambulance Service, including the Stafford Wulff Opportunity Scholarship in Paramedic Science at Flinders University.

Funds for the scholarship will assist the emerging generation of emergency service workers – including Laurlily Kouma, 21, who says the financial assistance enabled her to continue with her university studies in paramedic science.

“The Stafford Wulff Opportunity Scholarship gave me the support I desperately needed,“ says Laurlily, who grew up in Whyalla before moving to Victor Harbor, aged just 16.

To support herself, Laurlily worked as a lifeguard at the local pool – before and after school, lunchtimes and weekends, still managing to achieve an ATAR of 99.3 to be accepted into the paramedic science degree at Flinders University.

Laurlily needed funds to pay for her uniform, fitness testing, vaccinations and diagnostic equipment – all in the first year of her degree.

“I encountered many obstacles growing up and by the time I started my paramedic degree and realised the costs involved, I wasn’t sure if this was an obstacle I could actually overcome,” she says.

The support she needed came from the Stafford Wulff Opportunity Scholarship in Paramedic Science, established by donations from Flinders graduates and fellow paramedics Stafford Wulff and Gabriel Hicks.

Last week, the State Government announced plans to recruit almost 100 paramedic science graduates as backup support for the SA Ambulance Service in COVID-19 contingency planning.

“In three years, when I’m on the road as a paramedic and able to help people every day, I’ll have the scholarship to thank for getting me there,” says Laurlily.

After a particularly demanding year for emergency services, the three event charity partners are going the extra mile to ensure their workers and future workers have the help they need to continue their vital work in keeping our community safe.

The Australian Professional Firefighters Foundation provides support and recovery services to firefighters and their families, as well as victims of fire at the Newland Ward of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

SA Police Legacy provides financial and emotional support to SAPOL families who face serious health issues or bereavement, as well as helping to build much-needed social connection and support through activities and gatherings.

The Stafford Wulff Opportunity Scholarship in Paramedic Science aims to create equity by providing vital support for commencing Flinders University paramedic students facing financial hardship. The scholarship assists students with the essential costs associated with their studies such as uniforms, fitness testing, vaccinations, and diagnostic equipment.

Hosted by Brenton Ragless and officially opened by the Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, the Honourable Vincent Tarzia, the Triple 0 Charity Ball includes drinks from event partner Tomich Wines, plus dining and entertainment for more than 600 guests.

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