A group of students from Fukushima spent yesterday afternoon cruising the Mandurah Marina and looking for dolphins in a welcome reprieve from their tumultuous home life.
For the past 10 days the group has been touring WA, including a trip to Albany, and rounded off their visit Down Under with a day trip to the Peel region.
Yesterday, Mandurah Cruises hosted the students for their final activity in WA.
Yorika Bell, who is touring with the students, helped organise the trip which was funded by charity concerts in Japan for students from Fukushima — an area in Japan which was devastated by a nuclear meltdown after a tsunami in March last year.
Ms Bell said the cruise was a great way for the students to be outside again, something they hadn’t been able to do at home.
‘‘Through contacts my husband and I have in Sydney and here in WA we were able to organise this trip which has really been about sending students affected by Fukushima to Australia,’’ she said.
‘‘They can’t go outside in Fukushima at the moment so they’ve really enjoyed themselves.
‘‘It’s been an opportunity for them to practise their English.’’
Mandurah Cruises development officer Kevin Mahney said they were happy to invite the students to Mandurah and he hoped they had enjoyed their time in the Peel region.
‘‘We always like to do things like this,’’ he said.
‘‘We do it so hopefully they go home and talk to all their family and friends about Mandurah and the Peel region.
‘‘They took thousands of pictures so I hope they had a good time.’’