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2006 Young Australian of the Year Youth Leader and Tsunami Survivor
DOB: 1 / Jan / 1981
After losing her husband, Troy Broadbridge, in the 2004 Asian Tsunami, Trisha (now goes by) Squires joined forces with The Reach Foundation to establish the Reach Broadbridge Fund, which she now manages on a part-time basis. She has, with the help of the Melbourne Football club, established The Broadbridge Education Centre on Thailand's Phi Phi Island. This centre assists young people affected by the tsunami, allowing them to continue to learn after such devastation. The Reach Broadbridge Fund also raises money to take Reach's youth programs to South Australia (Troy's home state). In 2006, Australia celebrated Trisha’s achievements and contribution by awarding her Young Australian of the Year. During this year, she was a contestant on Channel 9’s “Torvill and Dean’s: Dancing on Ice”. Trisha continues to visit the education centre on Phi Phi and has recently completed a six-month stint in Cambodia as part of the International Financial Corporation's, Wing project; a program that aims to reduce poverty and improves people's lives through the provision of a technical platform for mobile banking. On her return to Melbourne, Trisha returned to her roots to take up the position of CEO with The Reach Foundation.