90.1 Happy FM Community radio station has welcomed to the airwaves new volunteer team member, Erica Modra.
Erica presents a Wednesday morning chat show, which includes special guests, information on local events and interesting happenings throughout the region. She is delighted to join the 'Happy Team' and said radio was something she has always aspired to.
"It's been something that I had always wanted to do and now the opportunity has presented itself and I'm learning the ropes and hope to share my Wednesday mornings with our listeners," Erica said.
"The timing is right with both of our children now at school, I love giving back to this community which has always been so good for me."
Volunteering is not new to Erica as she has spent years volunteering in so many fields including sport, education, aged care and community campaigns, including the Neo Natal Unit at Flinders Medical Centre where she helped raise money and awareness for the needs of these special babies.
This evolved when her second child Luke was born at the hospital 12 weeks early and she now reflects back to those days of uncertainty and fear for her tiny baby's future.
Erica and husband Tony, a high profile AFL footballer, who played 118 games for the Adelaide Crows and 47 for Fremantle, now live on their farm at Waitpinga with their two children Hayley who is 11-years-old and Luke who is now seven.
Erica was born in Adelaide and grew up in the eastern suburbs and then Westbourne Park and attended the Highgate Primary School and later Unley High, where she was proud to be elected as head prefect in her final year.
Sport, academia and music have always been a big part of her life and there were many achievements along the way to prove it. Erica participated in athletics at national level and excelled in the 400 metre, 800 metre and relay in the national championships and she played tennis at a high standard.
At university she studied hard in fields of Human Movement Sports Science, Exercise Physiology & Occupational Therapy. Erica is now a qualified Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist.
At 18-years-of-age, Erica met Tony and for both, it was 'love at first sight' as they began their journey together and 27 years later they are closer than ever, best friends and even soul mates.
Nowadays, they continue along life's path guiding and steering their two beautiful children into a happy and bright future. Tony keeps busy in his marketing roles with the Myponga based Fleurieu Milk, Little Heroes Foundation and the Adelaide Football Club.
Erica, with her strong passion for tennis, is looking forward to coaching in 2020 on the Southern Fleurieu. Erica is a breath of fresh air with so much energy and enthusiasm; she has a real zest for life as she talks about the pleasure she has received from her volunteering and fund raising efforts in the past and with so many exciting plans for the future.
"Some of my most valuable pursuits in life have come through volunteering and doing it for fun, rather than money, it is very motivating," Erica said.
Erica is part of the new generation of enthusiastic young people who, by their efforts in volunteering, will in turn give so much back to the community. It is a win for the Fleurieu to have the Modra family back, living in the area.