Geraldine Edar-Ralph answers the Moyne Gazette Q&A

Charitable: Moyne Shire youth development officer Geraldine Edar-Ralph takes south-west youth to the Philippines each year with the Alternative to Schoolies volunteer program she devised. Geraldine answers this week's Q&A.
Charitable: Moyne Shire youth development officer Geraldine Edar-Ralph takes south-west youth to the Philippines each year with the Alternative to Schoolies volunteer program she devised. Geraldine answers this week's Q&A.

Geraldine Edar-Ralph was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Australia when she was 11. She has degrees in youth work, criminology, social work, psychology and education. Geraldine enjoys travelling the outback, cooking, collecting vases, and working with young people.   

What do you most love about working in Port Fairy? The friendly and welcoming nature, amazing community support, acceptance, and its uniqueness.

Describe Port Fairy in five words? Friendly, affluent, supportive locals, easy-going, unique.  

If you could live anywhere where would you choose? Switzerland.

What is your favourite holiday destination? Kakadu.

What are you reading at the moment? The Great Zoo of China by Matthew Reilly.  

If you had a million dollars what would you do with it? I’d finish the construction of our boarding facility for underprivileged children in the Philippines, extend it to take more children and establish a trust fund so they can finish high school and break the cycle of poverty. Then I would go to the Maldives for a few days.

What career did you want to pursue when you were a teenager? I wanted to become a doctor and travel overseas to help out.

What is something people might not know about you? I support a few families overseas as well as my own nephews and nieces.

What recipe are you renowned for cooking? Pork adobo. Adobo is a popular dish in Philippine cuisine that involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic, which is browned and simmered in the marinade.

When and where are you your most happiest? On the road exploring the country side appreciating the beautiful country that we live in.

What is the best piece of advice you've been given? Live your life as if there is no tomorrow.

Do you have a motto you live by? ‘I, alone cannot change the world but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.’ (Mother Teresa) ‘We can’t help everyone, but we can help someone.’ (Ronald Reagan).

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? If I am still alive I would like to retire in Port Fairy or Warrnambool and continue working with young people.