Now in it 55th year, the Derby Boab Quest has become an integral part of the Derby Boab Festival. Each year  entrants are nominated for their outstanding work in supporting local charities through community fundraising events. The Boab Quest is a way we can all acknowledge the people in our community who give freely of their time to support those in need.

boab-quest-icon.pngJoin the long and illustrious list of past Boab Quest Entrants

Are you interested in being part of the Boab Quest and help raise funds your local community?
This is your chance to really raise community awareness and much needed funds for the charity of your choice.
It's  fun, it's rewarding and it's a great way to bring your community together for a good cause.

2015  Boab Quest winner  KERRISSA  O`MEARA

Boab Quest Charity winner   HAYLEY PEARCE

Runner up  LEAH HART


Please contact: Lynnel Buckle.
e-mail: boabfestival@gmail.com



Courtney Mckean | Derby Regional Hospital Entrant
My name is Courtney McKean and I have lived and worked in Derby for the past two years. I grew up in Perth and went to university in Fremantle, graduating with my Physiotherapy degree in 2012. Since moving to the Kimberley region I have provided Physio services to Derby and Fitzroy townships and their surrounding communities. This outreach service and remote travel is one of the many reasons why I love working here.
I have embraced the small town lifestyle by joining Derby Volunteer Fire & Rescue, the Masters Swim Squad and regularly attend events throughout town. In my spare time I love exploring this amazing part of the country by car and boat, and meeting people and hearing their stories along the way. With all the fun I have here I can’t see myself returning to the city any time soon!
My fundraising will be going towards a playground outside the Children’s Ward at Derby Hospital. I hope this is something that can put a smile on a sick child’s face, and make being away from home (however far away that may be) a little more comforting. I hope you can make it down to the events to support me and the hospital.
Jessica Ellis
Hi my name is Jessica Ellis; I am born and raised in Derby. I completed up to year 10 at Derby District High School (DDHS), and then returned after boarding school to a range of positions around town. In 2012, I moved to Perth to complete tertiary studies. Last year, I graduated at Edith Cowan with a Bachelor of Education (Primary) and have been at DDHS since. Having grown up in Derby, I feel honored and excited to be involved in the long running Boab Quest and to be representing such a worthy recipient. Over the boab season, I am raising funds to upgrade and renovate collaborative learning areas into safe, inviting zones for students to learn.

I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events, for myself and the other boab entrants.
Rebekah O'Meara | 6DBY
Hi, my name is Rebekah O’Meara, and I am the Boab Quest entrant for 6DBY. I am a local Derby girl who is passionate about Leadership and developing programs for the youth in the region. I am currently studying a Cert III in Screen and Media and am hoping to raise enough funds to run a junior music program for talent youth in the region as well as those who would like to take up music lessons. I am hoping to upgrade the resources at the not for profit, community run radio station, and would love to see Derby as vibrant and full of activates as it was when I was a kid.
KERRISSA O’MEARA – 2015 Boab Quest winner
My name is Kerrissa O’Meara and I am a local Derby girl. I have lived most of my life here in Derby except when I had to leave for boarding schooling.
I have three beautiful children in which two attend school and one in day care. Growing up in Derby is one of the best things I have done, we have wide open spaces, freedom to move about, great fishing and camping and best of all great people. It is a great place to raise young children because of the freedom they get than being in a big city.
I have watched Derby grow year by year, back when I was a teenager it was great walking the streets, hanging out with friends, sitting at the town oval and the best thing was that everyone got along with each other no matter what little groups your in and looking at the younger generation now, well it is so much different both in good and bad ways.
I am fundraising for Youth Development, because I think that helping these kids reach their goals in school, work, numeracy and literacy, starting jobs is very important, We as the older generation need to help the younger generation develop into what they want to do or be.
I look forward to fundraising and running for boab quest this year I know it will be a great experience for me.

LEAH HART – Derby Tigers F.C. 2015 Runner Up
My name is Leah Hart, I was born and bred in Derby, however moved away to attend boarding school for 5 years in Perth. After graduating year 12 in 2008, I moved back to Derby and started working at Holy Rosary School as an Aboriginal Teaching Assistant.
At the end of 2009, I decided to leave Derby, my family and friends to embark on a Journey to Perth. In that time I was able to support my partner and his football commitments, before moving back to Derby in 2013. In that time of living in Perth, I was exposed to many opportunities which, at the time were very limited in Derby.
Whilst living away from home for 3-4 years, it was in Perth that I was able to capture how sport is able to bring a community together. That is why, this year I will be the Derby Tigers Football Club’s Boab Quest Entrant.
I will be raising funds to purchase new and improved training equipment, rehabilitation equipment and other essentials. I hope to also use the funds to promote and support junior football in Derby.
Hope you all can come down to my events and support the Roar.
HAYLEY PEARCE – D.D.H.S. 2015 Charity Quest Winner
Hi my name is Hayley Pearce. I was born in Cowell, a country town in South Australia. As a child I grew I up in Rockingham, a suburb south of Perth. In 2012, I graduated from Murdoch University as a Primary School Teacher. I got my first job as a teacher at Derby District High School. I moved to Derby at the beginning of 2013 as a Year Six teacher. In my time at Derby I have enjoyed getting out fishing and camping, going to the gorges and participating in sports such as Netball, Lawn Bowls and Volleyball. Over this boab season, I am raising funds to go towards resurfacing the basketball courts at the school and to purchase educational resources. I hope to see you all at the upcoming events, for myself and the other boab entrants.