Arriving in a new city with no friends, no family and no job meant Alisha had a lot of free time on her hands and so the BIP star decided to fill it with volunteering.
Having worked with Australia’s largest food relief organisation Foodbank when she lived in NSW, Alisha reached out to the organisation and helped at the Perth airport site.
"Being new to Perth, obviously the philanthropic element and feeling like you’re making a practical difference in somebody else’s lives and helping such a great organisation is awesome, but the other element of Foodbank that is great from a personal level is you go in there, you do whatever time that you can contribute and during that period of time you make so many friends and so many connections," Alisha explains.
"That was actually really important for me coming over to Perth and things being quite shut down and feeling a little bit isolated away from my family and friends. It was good to get out and have some social interaction as well."
Seeing Australians struggle during the pandemic also made Alisha reflect on how she and her family struggled with food insecurity during her childhood years.
"Seeing those lines in front of Centrelink to me was very personally jarring," Alisha admits.
"I think a lot of people naturally have a reaction when they see people going through trauma that they want to be able to do something. Sometimes thoughts and prayers aren't enough, sometimes sharing something like a petition on social media, as well-meaning and important as those things can be, I think people feel compelled to do something practical and I think that volunteering at Foodbank is a really practical way that people can feel like they are contributing and making a difference."
Though she's back to working full-time in government relations, Alisha hopes her new workplace will get involved with volunteering at Foodbank as a team.
"I’d really encourage other people to zip an email to their HR manager and say that you want to go along for the day – I find that most workplaces are really supportive and it’s a good team building thing to do as well."
She may not have a whole heap of Perth friends right now, but Alisha says that she and Glenn have already planned to catch up with this year's Bachelor couple Locky Gilbert and Irena Srbinovska when they move back to Locky's WA hometown.
"I’m so excited for them," Alisha says of the new couple. "I’m a big reality TV fan and I’ve been stalking them all over Instagram doing their camping and hiking. They’re really going bush and I’m impressed to be honest!"
Alisha adds that taking that downtime after a reality TV romance playing out on screen is "the perfect thing".
"Me and Glenn were lucky – though it got a bit frustrating at times – that we had to hide our relationship for so long and the show was delayed another three or four months. We very much lived life without the public gaze on us so we’ve always had a touch-point when things are pretty hectic and everyone wants to chuck their two cents into your relationship," she says.
"They [Locky and Irena] seem to be really investing in their relationship and I’m really happy for Irena to get over to Perth because I need some more mates!"
As for this year's season of The Bachelorette, Alisha has an inkling as to who will win but admits she's still "a bit lost on Elly."
"I feel like people are always cynical if someone the Bachelorette knows is on the show but I kind of really like that Joe’s there. It also gives us a touch-point as to what Elly’s taste is so I’m going to be interested to see what happens with her," Alisha says of the younger Miles sister.
But as for Becky, she's locked in her answer.
"Becky, after that photoshoot date and them kissing behind the Akubra, Pete is the winner obviously!" she laughs.
"I feel like once you’ve been through it and having watched so much, you can really tell when something seems genuine and it’s coming through the screen. There are some times when contestants are kissing but I’m not buying it but her and Pete, they’re in love! I love Becky, I feel like there are more older guys on this season and they seem a bit more serious so I’m liking it."