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Julie McCrossin has lived in her Annandale home for more than 25 years. But it’s her second home, a rural retreat, that holdsolds a special place in her heart. A couple of years ago, after battling stage four throat cancer, ancer, the media personality, best known for her long career with the e ABC, bought an acreage property on a river at Wellington, near Dubbo and put a transportable home on it.
It’s now the place where Julie, her partner Melissa Gibson son whom she married in New York in 2014, and their two adult children, Luke and Amelia and their respective partners, meet regularly together as a family, along with their dogs.
“When I got a life-threatening illness, I realised I’d always wanted to have a bit of land in the country,” Julie says. “We’ve got this fantastic new part of our lives, it’s a positive byproduct of cancer.
While her time in the country is precious and the cancer is in remission, Julie doesn’t see herself permanently leaving her semidetached home in the city.
“I’ll always keep my place in Annandale, partly because one of our children lives in Sydney and I have an awful lot of friends in Sydney,” she says. “I also want to be near major teaching hospitals.
“I’ve had stage four cancer and I’m very grateful to be near St Vincent’s Hospital and the community of healthcare workers that are helping to keep me healthy. They talk about survival until five years and I’m three years towards that five.”
Julie says the cancer has had a profound effect on her life, making her er focus more on family and friends and she’s trying to work less.
However, she has taken on a role as a patron for the Red Cross and she speaks enthusiastically about the organisation’s services for young people and the homeless, services to stay in touch with the elderly and food security programs.
“One of the things the Red Cross does in Australia is if you have an elderly person alone at home, a network of volunteers rings every day to check they’re okay and have a chat,” she says.
The daughter of an Australian World War II Bomber Command pathfinder pilot, Julie is also involved in documenting the stories of the last diggers and bombers.
Children need to play with images that remind them of people in all their diversity. It is hurtful to be invisible.
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It’s by Aboriginal artist Jody Broun and it’s of women and dogs in a remote community. These are the people the Australian Red Cross support for food security.
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Media personality, journalist and Red Cross ambassador Julie McCrossin
Two-bedroom, semi-detached home with an office in Annandale she shares with her partner Melissa
My two little poodle/ King Charles Cavalier cross dogs, Charlie and Bruno stayed by my side all the way through my cancer treatment. Melissa got Bruno to help me cope with the anxiety and depression after the rigours of treatment. Bruno has made my heart sing ever since we met
I spent most of my education at Anglican girls’ schools and I’m inspired by one of the Beatitudes, where Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers”. I’m a Red Cross ambassador which is a secular organisation, but it has the values of peacefulness and neutrality
Wherever Melissa and our children Luke and Amelia and I gather together. Wherever we are with our dogs is home
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