Scholarships give children helping hand


Xavier Manea, Zara Porter and Braydan Porter.
Xavier Manea, Zara Porter and Braydan Porter.

SIX local children have been acknowledged for their talents by receiving Variety scholarships.

The scholarships were founded 20 years ago in memory of the late Brian Treasure, a well-known figure in Perth’s entertainment and media industry. Since then, more than 280 scholarships have been awarded annually across arts, sport and education.

This year, 37 young people joined the list after a celebration at the Heath Ledger Theatre on February 5, where more than $104,000 worth of scholarships to help fund specialist tuition and related expenses were presented.

The scholarships aim to help young people living with illness, disability or disadvantage to overcome adversity and explore their potential.

Sporting brother and sister Brayden and Zara Porter, of Banksia Grove, were two recipients, with Brayden receiving a scholarship for motorcross and Zara for gymnastics lessons and competition fees.

Receiving scholarships for the arts were Kallaroo’s Xavier Manea for piano, Madeley’s Brandon Taseff for guitar and drums, Darch’s Eamonn Ortiz for guitar and Lauren Perrett, of Craigie, for ballet.

Applications for next year’s scholarships will open later this year.