Members Statement: Roseanne Rofaeel & Elandrah Feo

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (13:43:27) — I am very pleased to acknowledge the work of two exceptional young woman from my electorate of Yuroke. Craigieburn woman Roseanne Rofaeel is doing exceptional work in providing important items to those doing it tough. Several years ago, Roseanne founded the Christmas on the Streets campaign to bring presents to homeless people. This program has now been expanded and operates all year round. In addition to Christmas presents, items that are now distributed include sleeping bags, warm clothes and food. Roseanne has teamed up with her old school, Kolbe Catholic College, with students generously getting on board to donate items and support the program. They include Roseanne’s brother, year 12 student Gabriel, and her sister, year 10 student, Rihan. Well done to Roseanne, the Rofaeel family and all the students at Kolbe Catholic College for being so kind and generous. It is inspirational.

I would also like to acknowledge Elandrah Feo, an incredibly talented young woman who moved from New Zealand to Craigieburn 15 years ago. Elandrah will shortly be wowing audiences as the lead Danielle in the hit Bring It On: The Musical. Get down to the Athenaeum Theatre from 6 to 23 June to see this incredible Yuroke local. Elandrah has also performed as part of the Australian premiere of In the Heights and as the fragile yet feisty songbird Felicia in Memphis. One review I read of Memphis hailed her performance and that of her co-star James Elmer as one ‘that would see them hailed as breakout stars in a mainstream production’. Elandrah: well done — I look forward to seeing your star shine bright.