Lifestyle

Fraser Island receptionist leading secret double life

Kingfisher Bay Resort receptionist Bianca Lovelace in Nepal with underprivileged children Milan and Sandesh.
Kingfisher Bay Resort receptionist Bianca Lovelace in Nepal with underprivileged children Milan and Sandesh. Contributed

A THANK-you letter, postmarked Katmandu, has shed light on the secret double life of a seemingly mild-mannered hotel receptionist at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Bianca Lovelace isn't your average hotel receptionist.

The 26-year-old has been working on Fraser since last year but child welfare activist Peter Humphris has revealed she's also been secretly moonlighting and making a huge difference in the lives of under-privileged children half-a-world-away in Nepal.

"You have an amazing member of staff on your team," Mr Humphris wrote to Kingfisher Bay Resort management recently.

Brother and sister Swikriti and Ayog are among the children in Nepal being helped by the charity group In Giving We Receive.
Brother and sister Swikriti and Ayog are among the children in Nepal being helped by the charity group In Giving We Receive. Contributed

Mr Humphris wrote that Bianca's selfless passion for life extended out far from Fraser's sandy shores to a small, poor village in Katmandu where she sponsors several children - giving them a full-time education, medical attention and opportunities they would never have otherwise.

"Bianca visits them, spends time with them, helps raise funds for them and for others like them - through our charity organisation, In Giving We Receive," he wrote. 

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams and Bianca is very much a part of making those beautiful dreams a reality in the slums of Katmandu."

For Bianca herself, the catalyst for this life change came when she accepted a job as a nanny in Canada in 2009 and decided to fit in some travel first.

She and her best friend Elyse signed up on the spur-of-the-moment to volunteer with orphans and underprivileged children at a small Nepalese school called Snowlands Ranag.

A chance meeting with some like-minded souls from the IGWR charity - based in Western Australia's Fremantle - set the girls on a path to sponsoring their first small child from the slums of Katmandu.

"Ever since I was little I always wanted to save the world," she said. 

"But, as I grew older, I realised that wasn't going to happen on a global scale but that I did have the power to save one little child from a life of poverty and heartache - so that's what I'm doing."

Bianca said many children in third-world countries were born into horrible circumstances that forced them to grow up too fast and did not allow them to enjoy what she enjoyed as a child - or they didn't survive that long. 

"Meeting Sandesh, my little Nepalese sponsor child, for the first time and seeing this beautiful little boy with so much pain and sadness in his eyes broke my heart," she said. 

"He was so dirty; he smelled horrible and he was covered in bites from his father and scabies. 

"His arm had also been wrongly set and stuck out at an odd angle.

"Yet, here was this gorgeous, loving little boy hiding under it all. 

"He was the first kid to break me in Nepal.

"He made me question a lot of things about my life and also brought me incredible joy when I saw the difference I had made in his life and quality of life."

Nepal has found a firm place in Bianca's heart.

"I've been back four times since that 2009 visit, with more planned every 18 months or so," she said.

"I have days were I get so angry at the way the system works over there, but I have to realise that Nepal and Australia are worlds apart.

"Mostly my time there is a very humbling experience.

"It's amazing and rewarding, and brings a lot of happiness but it can also bring a lot of heartache and sadness.

"I love Nepal but more so I love those children and whilst I can see that I am making a difference to them I will continue to work on Fraser Island and go back when I can."

Topics:  charity kingfisher bay resort nepal



Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Maryborough hay runners heading west to struggling farmers

Heading out on the Burrumbuttock Hay Run are truckies (L) John Hatchman, Mike Webber, Todd Warren, Glen Grohn, Nathan and Adam Doyle, Mark Warren and Brett Rasmussen.

Hundreds of bales of hay will be sent out to Central Queensland.

M'boro showcased, farmer faces biggest hurdles on TV

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: Maryborough's Sean Hollands showed his partner Susan around town for the homestay episode.

The Heritage City got a special mention.

RECORD BREAKER: Fraser Coast set for driest Feb in decades

This BOM map shows the climate outlooks for February.

The last record for the driest February was set in 1983

Local Partners

Furious Price wants to quit I'm a Celeb after clash with Keira

AN IRATE Steve Price has threatened to quit I'm A Celebrity after a series of drama-filled clashes with Keira Maguire.

Novel with lots of heart

The romance in A Quiet Kind of Thunder was only one of the joys of the book.

Book proves to be a gem with layers

M'boro showcased, farmer faces biggest hurdles on TV

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT: Maryborough's Sean Hollands showed his partner Susan around town for the homestay episode.

The Heritage City got a special mention.

Bliss N Eso announce tribute show for stuntman

Bliss N Eso will play a tribute show at Coolangatta in honour of Johann Ofner. The stuntman died during the filming of the group's Friend Like You film clip earlier this year.

BLISS N Eso to play tribute show to raise funds for killed stuntman

MOVIE REVIEW: Trainspotting sequel as good as original

Ewen Bremner in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

Director Danny Boyle proves sequels can be done well.

How Karl Stefanovic's wife, kids found out about girlfriend

Karl Stefanovic and Jasmine Yarbrough after their day on Sydney Harbour. Picture: Jonathan Ng

Pictures splashed across tabloid were shock to family

WATCH: Toowoomba opera hopeful's incredible voice

Kaitlyn Orange attends Opera Queensland auditions at Empire Theatres for Opera at Jimbour, Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Opera hopefuls vie for parts in performance at Jimbour House

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!