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Jayde: A devoted community member

Roxby Downs Sun, By Celeste Newbery Jan. 23
Jayde Grava moved to Coober Pedy in 2005 to live with her mother. Her initial plan was to move for 12 months but she hasn’t left.
What started out as a personal challenge to run the Breakaways, Coober Pedy local Jayde Grava evolved the idea into a marathon style fundraising event for the whole community to be involved in.
The Great Breakaways Bolt is just under 35 kilometres and starts at the Breakaways reserve, heading along the dog fence and Oodnadatta track to the Coober Pedy Oz Minerals town oval.
The event celebrated its fifth year in 2013 with each year fundraising for a different cause.
To begin the bolt, Jayde and Melissa Rosewarne went out into the community seeking support from businesses and organisations.
“The support in Coober Pedy for this event has been incredible,” she said.
“We were lucky enough to have drinks, fruit and supplies needed donated from the supermarkets. “Community groups, mining companies, businesses and organisations donated cars, buses, drivers, volunteers and other equipment.
“Prizes, vouchers and cash prizes have been donated by businesses in Coober Pedy and surrounding mining companies.”
Apart from supporting the event, Jayde and Melissa had to ensure the event met all the appropriate council, occupational health and safety, event management, traffic management and volunteer induction requirements.
So far the marathon has raised a large amount of much needed funds including the rest of the money needed for a new children’s playground officially opened in 2013 and a new youth shed and local youth officer which has been in use for four years.
In 2011 and 2012, money was raised for the event itself to purchase more equipment for future years. “This means we don’t have to try and borrow the equipment each year, this equipment (eskys, waters, chairs, etc) has now been used by other organisations for their own events through the year,” she said.
The 2013 event raised money for the Coober Pedy Drive In to upgrade existing equipment.
Starting the Breakaways Bolt is not the only volunteering Jayde does around town. In January 2010 Jayde became an active member of the Mine Rescue Squad and State Emergency Service in Coober Pedy and one year after joining became, and currently still is, the treasurer.
Jayde has been helping out at the Coober Pedy Returned and Services League with ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day since 2011 and is currently a committee member after joining in 2011.
Throughout 2012 Jayde was a member of the Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club and assisted with some of the club’s events.
“I have been volunteering with the football committee since 2011,” she said.
“I was a committee member last year and this year I am the secretary.
“My partner plays for the Saints, so I always try to help where I can.” Jayde said she enjoys being involved in the community and volunteering in community groups and causes she is passionate about.
In October 2013 Jayde was awarded the Seniors Card Community Individual Award Winner at the South Australian Regional Awards for the Far North in October.
“I was pretty shocked that I won, I thought there were much better people that deserved the award,” she said.
Jayde moved to Coober Pedy in 2005 after growing up and completing her year 12 studies in Rutherglen in north-eastern Victoria.
“I moved to Coober Pedy to be with my mum who moved up here earlier,” she said. “I thought I would come up here for 12 months before I went to university and I haven’t left.”
Jayde is expecting her first child in around seven weeks with her partner of nine years Martin and the pair have been married for 11 months. “We met when I used to come up here on school holidays,” she said.
“Our other babies are our dogs, Stax and Kelso and cat, Blasko.” What Jayde enjoys most about living in Coober Pedy is how friendly the people are. “And living in a dug out is the best,” she said.

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