DRESS IN PINK FOR CAUSE
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.