WAIKIKI resident Kara Saich was one of 31 young, driven individuals who received a Variety Heart scholarship at an awards night at the Heath Ledger Theatre on Friday .
The 14-year-old, who has alopecia, was awarded a scholarship to pursue her passion for dance.
Miss Saich said she won multiple first and second places in local dance competitions, and last year represented Australia at international competitions in Florida.
Kara’s ultimate goal was to become a dance and physical education teacher.
Children’s charity Variety WA presented over $98,000 worth of scholarships across the fields of arts, sports and education to kids.
The money would go towards funding specialist tuition and related expenses.
Variety WA General Manager Phil Croot said he felt privileged to help exceptionally talented young people excel in their chosen field.
“The Variety Heart Scholarships really have the ability to change the lives of young people in WA, as we’ve seen first-hand with so many of our recipients,” he said.
“It is encouraging to know that these young people now have the chance to excel and follow their dreams.”
The Variety Heart Scholarships help young people living with disability, chronic illness or disadvantage overcome adversity and reach their full potential.
Applications for the 2019 round of Variety Scholarship funding will open later this year.
For more information visit www.varietywa.org.au