Bianca Lovelace isn't your average hotel receptionist. The 26-year-old is originally from Melbourne and has been working on Fraser since last year and, according to Child Welfare Activist, Peter Humphris, has also been secretly moonlighting and making a huge difference in the lives of under-privileged children half-a-world-away in Nepal.
"You have an amazing member of staff on your team," Mr Humphris wrote to Kingfisher Bay Resort Management recently. "And I have a story that's worth sharing with and beyond the Kingfisher Bay community."
Mr Humphris wrote that Bianca selfless passion for life extends out far from Fraser's sandy shores to a small, poor village in Katmandu where she sponsors several children - giving them a full-time education, medical attention and opportunities that they would never have otherwise.
"Bianca visits them, spends time with them, helps raise funds for them and for others like them - through our charity organisation, In Giving We Receive (IGWR)," Mr Humphris wrote. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams and Bianca is very much a part of making those beautiful dreams a reality in the slums of Katmandu."
For Bianca herself, the catalyst for this life change came when she accepted a job as a nanny in Canada back in 2009 and decided to fit in some travel first. Together with best friend, Elyse, they signed up on the spur-of-the-moment to volunteer with orphans and underprivileged children at a small Nepalese school called Snowlands Ranag. A chance meeting with some like-minded souls from the In Giving We Receive charity – based out of a church in Freemantle – set the girls and their on a path to sponsoring their first small child from the slums of Katmandu.
"Ever since I was little I always wanted to save the world," she said. "But, as I grew older, I realised that wasn't going to happen on a global scale, but that I did have the power to save one little child from a life of poverty and heartache – so that's what I'm doing."
According to Bianca, many children in third world countries are born into horrible lifestyles; are forced to grow up way to quick and are not able to enjoy what I enjoyed as a child - or they don't survive that long.
"Meeting Sandesh, my little Nepalese sponsor child, for the first time and seeing this beautiful little boy with so much pain and sadness in his eyes broke my heart," she said. "He was so dirty; he smelled horrible and he was covered in bites from his father and scabies.
"His arm had also been wrongly set and stuck out at an odd angle. Yet, here was this gorgeous, loving little boy hiding under it all.
"He was the first kid to break me in Nepal; he made me question a lot of things about my life; and also brought me incredible joy when I saw the difference I had made in his life and quality of life."
Like Hervey Bay's very own Lars Olsen, who founded the Forget-Me-Not Children's homes, Nepal has found a firm place in Bianca's heart.
"I've been back four times since that 2009 visit, with more planned every 18 months or so," she said. "I have days were I get so angry at the way the system works over there, but I have to realise that Nepal and Australia are worlds apart.
"Mostly my time there a very humbling experience. It's amazing and rewarding, and brings a lot of happiness, but it can also bring a lot of heartache and sadness," she said.
"I love Nepal but, more so, I love those children and whilst I can see that I am making a difference to them I will continue to work on Fraser Island and go back when I can."