We chat with the infectiously positive Sefa Palu from the Amazing Race about life, social issues and what motivates him.
Tell us a little about your background?
My parents are from the friendly Kingdom of Tonga, in the South Pacific. I was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia but have spent 10 years of my adult life in the US. I am a mixed bag of experiences, cultural influences and one hell of a life!
I have been working in the Aged Care sector as a software consultant for 2 years. I know it sounds boring, and most people will think it is. But it’s good work and helps a lot of people, so I find this very fulfilling.
On Saturday afternoon, you will find me...
If it’s Summer, I love to be outside. It could be a festival, beach, hike. Enjoying the sunshine is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
What inspired you to go on the Amazing Race?
The Amazing Race was influenced by various factors. First, watching the show as a child – a lot of people have grown up with it. Second, I usually like to have a couple of big trips per year, knocking things off the bucket list. The horrible Covid19 virus affected everybody. The Amazing Race was a way to knock things off my bucket list AND fulfil a childhood dream of mine.
It just ticked all the boxes.
What is something we don't know about you?
I do like to be engaged in a lot of things – so I always have different projects/jobs in the mix. One thing is that I have a podcast that I started during lockdown last year. My friends and I discuss headlines in the Pasifika community, and also force people to listen to our karaoke tracks haha!
What social issues are closest to your heart?
First and foremost, I believe in education – or equal opportunity to it. I am just trying to do my part to make sure the Pacific Islander Community are aware of the importance of education and the opportunities that are available to them.
What is your favourite thing about Tribe Australia?
Tribe Australia is about fun in the sun, and I can’t complain about that!
Number one thing you do to stay grounded?
I am a big fan of work/life balance. When it’s time to work, work hard. But when it’s time for your hobbies, send it!
What motivates you?
Exploring the unknown –
If there is something I haven’t learnt, I can learn.
If there is someplace I haven’t been, I can visit.
If there is a book I haven’t read, I can read it.
There are limitless possibilities out there.
What are your plans for 2021?
I like to have themes for each year, and this year’s theme is ‘progress’. I wanted to take the next step in all aspects of life. Career, study, hobbies, travel etc.