School leaver ditches schoolies to help Kenya orphans
KYM Krobath didn't want go to Schoolies - she wants to help orphans instead.
The 17-year-old is volunteering her time at an African orphanage for a month.
Miss Krobath said she thought going to Schoolies would be a waste of money, but by going to Africa to help orphans she would be making a difference.
Her work will include looking after the children and helping with their needs.
It will be an exciting time for Miss Krobath as she awaits the results of her uni
versity placement on January 16, and celebrates her 18th birthday in February.
"I want to go to James Cook University and study medicine," Miss Krobath said.
The results will be announced the day after she leaves Australia to travel to Kenya with her old sister Skye.
"I am a minor, therefore I am unable to travel alone, so my older sister Skye will accompany me," she said.
For two years Miss Krobath fundraised towards her quest.
"Selling chocolates, I raised about $2000," she said.
She thanked Officeworks Mackay and Mirani State High School, which donated goods and money.
"I'm really excited and I can't wait to go to Kenya," she said.
The trip will allow Miss Krobath to see a new world.
"Helping the less fortunate is a major part of my life and undoubtedly my future, as I aspire to pursue a career in the Royal Australian Navy as a doctor," she said.
"All my life I have dreamed of becoming a doctor, someone with the knowledge and technology to help cure people of their pain and make a difference in society."
Miss Krobath admitted she was not sure how she would cope mentally and emotion
ally during her time in Kenya, but said a lot of planning had gone into the trip.
"I believe that a passion to make a difference to people, the environment and future is what is behind every scientific innovation that affects either one person or an entire nation," she said.
"It is my passion to become one of the many people who assist the needy and help change lives."
When Miss Krobath returns home she will be busy preparing for her next adventure - studying medicine at university.