G’day from down under, my name is Laura Cannon, 25 years young and originally from the beautiful hills of Donegal. I am now living in my second home Perth, Western Australia. I am delighted and very proud to become the 2018 Perth Rose of Tralee. Since moving to sunny Perth I have gained invaluable learning and development opportunities. I am privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to nurse in Oncology and Palliative Care which has opened my eyes as to how precious each life is and how vital it is for us to enjoy each day to the full. Since March I have begun working in Coronary Care and Intensive Care, I am enjoying all of the learning and skill development unique to this area of nursing. I enjoy the relaxed lifestyle in Perth, I am living by the beach nestled beside a small town called Fremantle which has a has a beautiful port constructed by Irish man Charles Yelverton O’Connor in the 1880s. Fremantle has a very rich Irish history which I have enjoyed exploring. I am looking forward to seeing my family in August and meeting all of the other Roses. I hope I will make everyone proud as the 2018 Perth Rose of Tralee.