Wanneroo batonbearers named

Scott Guerini of Alkimos, Chloe Clements, Brian Pozzi, Margaret Cockman and Russell Nelligan with City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts.

RISHELLE Hume of Butler and Scott Guerini of Alkimos will carry the Queen’s Baton during the 100-day countdown to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

A City of Wanneroo spokeswoman said the baton would arrive in Quinns Rocks and Wanneroo on Monday, February 26.

She said Rishelle Hume was a Noongar woman with traditional ties to the Whadjuk, Ballardong and Gnaala Karla Booja peoples.

She holds a double major in commence and human resource management, is employed as senior HR Aboriginal employment consultant within the oil and gas sector an received a 2016 Western Australian of the Year Award for promoting Aboriginal Rights and Noongar culture.

Scott Guerini was born in 2006 and founded Scott’s Great Walk when he was just four-years-old.

After learning about fundraising at kindergarten he decided he needed to do something to help sick children and babies.

The hardest thing he could think of was to walk 25km from the family farm to town.

He made it in eight hours and 40 minutes.

Since 2010 Scott has raised $125,000 for Telethon and recently had a book Did You Know, You Can Change the World? published which he wrote and illustrated.

The book is about helping others and his walking journey (proceeds from the book sales go to Telethon).

From youngsters to some of Australia’s most accomplished legends, the Queen’s Baton Relay recognises the achievements and aspirations of Australians from all walks of life.

Collectively across the country, batonbearers will take more than a million steps to bring the Baton to its final destination, the games’ opening ceremony on April 4.

The baton starts its Australian journey on December 25, 100 days before the opening ceremony.

For one month during the summer school holidays, the Queen’s Baton will visit major events, iconic landmarks and children’s hospitals.

From Canberra on January 25, the baton will switch gears to a traditional relay and be carried by great Australians through Queen’s Baton Relay celebration communities around the country.

Street level and community celebration details will be announced on November 17.

Since it left from Buckingham Palace on March 13, the baton has inspired athletes and fans across Africa, the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.

When it departs Malaysia it will visit the remaining 15 Commonwealth nations in Asia and Oceania before arriving in Brisbane on Christmas Eve.

It will be 60 years since a baton first carried Her Majesty’s message to athletes of the Commonwealth at the Cardiff 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Wales.