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SAN­DRA de Jer­sey be­lieves that Aus­tralians are in “the lucky coun­try”.

“I feel that if we were in Aus­tralia when I was younger my mother might still be alive to­day.”

Mov­ing from Malaysia at the age of 16, San­dra’s mother Eileen had al­ready been di­ag­nosed once be­fore with can­cer.

“Although Malaysia is a de­vel­oped coun­try with good doc­tors we were very iso­lated, es­pe­cially in the 70s,” San­dra said.

“Aus­tralia should be grate­ful for all the foun­da­tions that we have that sup­port dif­fer­ent cancers.”

San­dra’s mother was first di­ag­nosed at 37 with throat can­cer and went on to have breast can­cer, re­mov­ing both breasts be­fore she passed away at the age of 69.

For most of her life San­dra has been wor­ried about be­ing di­ag­nosed her­self and gets yearly check ups. About six years ago the Caloun­dra res­i­dent de­cided she wanted to give some­thing back.

“I felt like when I was in my younger years, 20s, I would go out and party and was wor­ried about fash­ion and stuff,” San­dra said.

“I felt like I didn’t sup­port my mother enough even though I looked after her as much as I could.”

San­dra is now host­ing her fourth an­nual Fab­u­lous Funky Fash­ions on Oc­to­ber 21 with Re­max First Caloun­dra and Ve­ducci Cloth­ing.

“This year will be an af­ter­noon tea party at the Kawana Surf Club on a re­lax­ing Sun­day over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful ocean.

“It will not be just to raise funds for the pro­gram, but to show­case the won­der­ful fash­ion from Ve­ducci Cloth­ing to have a lovely af­ter­noon with friends and make new ones and to dress up.”

There will be prizes for the best dressed peo­ple in pink and guest speak­ers Sarah Bar­den and Donna Penny will share their jour­neys be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer. All prof­its will go to Cindy McKen­zie Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. For de­tails con­tact San­dra on 0438 975 045 or go to the Fab­u­lous Funky Fash­ions Face­book page.


FUNKY FASH­ION: San­dra de Jer­sey with guests from a pre­vi­ous fundraiser in their pink out­fits. ABOVE: San­dra with her mother, Eileen Ro­drigo.

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