Tradie's tattoo temptation becomes international aid mission
RESEARCHING a tribal tattoo has turned a Warwick tradie's luxury holiday into a decision to give back to people in need as she jets overseas for the first time.
In February, Warwick carpenter Sarah McKendry was named the MIBT Female Tradie of the Year and secured an all-expenses paid trip to Bali as part of her prize.
But as she researched her destination, Miss McKendry said she began to realise Bali wasn't just cocktails and resorts.
"I was looking into getting a tattoo from one of the tribes in Bali, and I started learning about how some areas are living in poverty and don't have very good access to food and water," she said.
According to international anti-poverty organisation, the Borgen Project, as many as 162,051 Balinese people were living in poverty in 2014, with the figures predicted to rise.
"From what I have researched, poverty is more spread across the outskirts where they are further away from tourism," she said.
Flying to Bali this morning, Miss McKendry plans to deliver food packs to people in disadvantaged communities over the next 10 days.
"Each pack costs $5 to put together and has 2kg of rice, some milk, oil, chicken, eggs and noodles which I will buy over there to help support the local markets," she said.
Through a GoFundMe campaign, Miss McKendry has raised $235.
With flights, accommodation and transport paid for, Miss McKendry said she wanted to give something back.
"I won this trip, and I have always wanted to do something like this," she said.
As a first-time overseas traveller, she also hopes to get to know Balinese locals and test out the Indonesian language skills she learnt at school.
"I am really looking forward to the whole experience, I've heard Bali is a very kind culture."