As a result, Lucia continued her travelling lifestyle for many years by taking up short-term social work roles as they arose – working in many city and rural government offices across the state and creating new support programs as she went.
She says, “In Port Augusta I worked to address the high suicide rate and issues for the Indigenous population.”
Hugely compassionate, Lucia says a highlight of her working life was in palliative care where she supported families as their loved one passed away. She is also proud of her work with parents of children with severe disability and the development of a national carer support program.
Lucia is now retired but with her generous spirit she wants to help our next generation through education and has become an annual donor to the Matthew Flinders Scholarship for students in financial need. She believes the better educated a society, the greater that society is.
“My parents instilled the value of obtaining an education and the value of supporting others less fortunate than yourself,” says Lucia who understands the financial difficulties impacting our students.
“I hope that by donating to the Matthew Flinders Scholarship I can provide an opportunity for a student to complete their studies, find their passions and contribute positively to their community.”
She also believes it’s up to all of us to contribute where we can.
“In a country where the minority have more wealth than the majority, it is incumbent on the former to provide financial support to make society more equitable.”