Home for celebration

Darren Lomman with Town of Bassendean Mayor John Gangell.
Picture: David Baylis d448396
Darren Lomman with Town of Bassendean Mayor John Gangell. Picture: David Baylis d448396

It will be the first in five years that he will spend at home in Perth and his first baby is due near the end of the month.

The founder of Shenton Park-based Dreamfit Foundation has spent the past five Australia Days helping different parts of WA celebrate the national holiday.

“The original due date for my baby was January 17, but the obstetrician said the baby could be late and the longest they will go before inducing is 10 days, which gives us until the 27th,” he said.

“The plan this year was to be home in January for the birth.”

Dreamfit Foundation has been operating for 13 years. It designs equipment that enables people with disabilities to participate in various activities.

“It started as a 13-week project as part of my engineering degree in a garden shed – I altered a motorbike for a paraplegic,” Mr Lomman said.

“Now we have volunteers that help with about 200 projects a year. I was supposed to graduate during the engineering boom and get a job; I had it all planned out.

“But things changed and I have been blessed to work with these volunteers.”

Mr Lomman said he enjoyed seeing how different communities celebrated Australia Day.

“I have been to dinky-di Aussie places where the mayor rocks up to events in thongs and a singlet and others where they are in a suit and tie,” he said.

“The approach I take on the day is to reflect on how lucky we are, this is an awesome country. I just encourage everyone to be friendly and help each other out.”

This year he will be at Ashfield Reserve in Bassendean for celebrations.

Families are invited to celebrate Australia at the reserve from 5pm to 9pm with a picnic and enjoy live entertainment and fireworks.

Radio station 98.5 Sonshine FM will broadcast live from the event.

For more information, go to www.australiadaybassendean.com.au , like the Town’s Arts & Events page on Facebook or call 9377 8000.