Queen’s Baton run for Rishelle Hume

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Rishelle Hume of Butler gave her children a quick hug and was all smiles as she started her leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Quinns Rocks. Picture: Anita McInnes

BUTLER resident Rishelle Hume carried the Queen’s Baton for a 400m stretch this morning leaving Morialta Ave in Quinns Rocks just  after 9.35am.

The City of Wanneroo said there would be African drumming, face-painting and children’s entertainment at the Quinns Mindarie foreshore and Quinns Mindarie Community Centre from 9.45am to 10.45am with the Queen’s Baton due to arrive at 10.34am.

At the Jacaranda Amphitheatre and the City of Wanneroo Civic Centre  from 11.30am to 12.30pm entertainment will include the Challenge Brass Band and children’s activities provided by City of Wanneroo Libraries.

Queen’s Baton is due to arrive at 12.09pm.

City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the city was the only local government hosting community celebrations at two locations, which meant more residents would get the chance to be part of the historic event.

Cr Roberts said the Queen’s Baton Relay was a global tradition that celebrated diversity, inspired community pride and aimed to excite people about the world-class festival of sports and culture the Commonwealth Games offered.

“The relay will be the longest and the most accessible ever,’’ she said.

“Residents will have the chance to see the baton up close and hear inspiring stories from local baton bearers.

Rishelle Hume has devoted her working life to the advancement of Aboriginal people.

She holds a double major in commence and human resource management, and is employed as a senior HR Aboriginal employment consultant within the oil and gas sector.

In 2016 she received the Western Australian Aboriginal person of the year award for promoting Aboriginal rights and Noongar culture.

The Queen’s Baton Relay started on Commonwealth Day, Monday 13 March 2017, at Buckingham Palace when Her Majesty placed Her message inside of the baton.

The Queen’s Baton has already been passed between thousands of people for 288 days across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, building excitement for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay is the longest and most accessible in history, travelling through the entire Commonwealth for 388 days and 230,000km.

In form and inspiration, the Queen’s Baton is a symbol of our past, present and future.

The Queen’s Baton arrives on the Gold Coast for the XXI Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018, where HRH the Prince of Wales will remove Her Majesty’s message from the baton and read it aloud to declare the games open.