Gorata Moswei has her finger in many pies between work, study and volunteering. Living in Hawthorn she finds it the most central place to facilitate her busy schedule.
Originally from Botswana, Gorata moved to Australia in 2010 and before settling in Hawthorn, she moved around a bit. Initially she lived in Clayton and attended Monash University nearby, Gorata then relocated to Mornington for a few years, followed by a two year stint in Bendigo and Echuca where she took up an internship as a Hospital Medical Officer (HMO).
It has now been a year since Gorata settled in Hawthorn and she couldn’t be happier, “it just feels like home.” When deciding where to live in Melbourne, after coming back from country Victoria, Gorata took a walk around a few suburbs to get a feel for them. Walking around Hawthorn she instantly felt at ease and knew this was the place she wanted to be.
With her array of commitments, throughout the week Gorata finds herself in many different places. The majority of her time is spent working full time at Austin Health in Heidelberg, where she is completing a Certificate in Emergency Medicine. She is often in Oakleigh as the Team Physician for the AFL TAC Cup Oakleigh Chargers. Gorata also heads to Burwood to Edge Church, where in more recent times she has been involved in raising funds through the church for Run to Red that aims to rescue, empower and deploy.
Outside of work and volunteering Gorata is also an off-campus student with Auckland University, studying online to pave her way into Sports Medicine, and can sometimes be found studying for exams at local cafes around Glenferrie like Faculty.
Between work, volunteering, studying and visiting family in Vermont South, Gorata finds Hawthorn to be very central to all she does. Much preferring local street shopping compared to large shopping complexes, she thoroughly enjoys Glenferrie’s atmosphere. “I find that I have everything I need here without having to go too far.”
With her free time, Gorata likes exercising and running, often along Capital City trail or around Glenferrie Oval, journaling, travelling both locally and interstate, op shopping and socialising with friends and family over coffee and food.
On her weekly visits in Glenferrie, Gorata loves to grab a bite to eat with friends. She comments on how friendly the traders are, seeming to easily remember reoccurring customers. Local favourites include Izakaya Jiro and coffee at Axil. She loves the many food options in the area and especially the reason- able pricing, which she attributes to the high student population in the area.
After a long day at work Gorata loves to come back to Hawthorn, “I come back to the area and it’s home, I can just be.”