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Kellie walking to raise awareness
Kellie Strawbridge, pictured with her daughters Mikaela Callender, 17 (left), and Georgia Callender 13, will take
part in the Canberra Melanoma March.
Photo Jamila Toderas
Kellie Strawbridge and her daughters
Mikaela and Georgia will march for a
cure to the deadliest cancer among
young Australians, melanoma.
Ms Strawbridge's brother Sam was
first diagnosed with stage three
melanoma. Seven years later it had
advanced to stage five when he lost his
hard-fought battle at the age of 38.
"It was through the lining of his
stomach, his lungs and a few other
internal organs. At that point, they
can't simply remove it like they could
with the original mole on his head,"
Ms Strawbridge said.
"It had spread right through his
body. He tried every treatment they
had. Every trial treatment they could
find, but unfortunately it didn't work
A keen focus of the march's host
organisation, Melanoma Institute
Australia, is to develop a cure for the
"As a result of monies raised from
the hugely successful 2014 Melanoma
March initiative, MIA is currently
hosting a number of world-first
clinical trials whereby we're seeing a
number of significant breakthroughs in
treatment pathways," the institute's
general manager, Nicole Ware, said.
However Ms Strawbridge is also
marching to ensure people are aware
of just how devastating the sun can be.
"Sam's whole lifestyle was in the
sun, he was outside working as a
tradie, he was an avid footballer and he
would take his shirt off looking to tan,"
she said. "We're really looking for a
way to work with tradies in Canberra
to make sure they are being sun smart
and aware of the damage they're doing
to their skin."
The MIA recommends Australians
check their own skin at least once
every three months, and have a
professional conduct a skin check once
"The message Sam really wanted to
get out there was his motto, check
your skin, check your mates, and don't
put it off'," said Ms Strawbridge.
Melanoma survivor Sharon Dei Rici
will also be marching for a cure,
despite her eight major surgeries in
two and a half years and ongoing
"How far the treatments have come
in two years is amazing, and hopefully
we can keep going," she said.
Melanoma is the most common
cancer in young Australians, affecting
more individuals aged between 15 and
39 than any other. Every six hours, one
person will die from the disease in
The march will take place on
Sunday, March 15, at Wakefield
DINER EN BLANC
to bring back
It's the chic pop-up picnic that's
become a global gastronomic
phenomenon -- and it wants back in
Diner en Blanc, the all-white pop-
up picnic, is looking to hold a 2016
event in Canberra, but it needs three
qualified organisers to make it happen.
The international organisers put out
a call last week, looking for a team of
The gig is unpaid, you have to find
the funding for it yourself, but you
have to stick to the strict guidelines
and specifications set out by the
organisers -- hardly a winning
The event started in France more
than 20 years ago, and has been held
all over the world since.
Diner en Blanc was introduced in
Canberra in 2013 as part of the
Enlighten festival, and ran in both
2013 and 2014.
In 2014 it got rained out and was
forced to move indoors to the Canberra
It didn't go ahead in 2015 after the
ACT government pulled its funding.
To get it up and running again,
Diner en Blanc international has said it
is looking for a team of three
Canberrans, who have the experience
in managing large-scale events and
who have dealt with alcohol and venue
If you're keen, you can get in touch
16 HODGKINSON STREET, GRIFFITH
PRICE GUIDE: $1.2 MILLION +
Cottage oozes rare old charm
The yellow facade of the property peeps out between the leafy gardens.
For more of Canberra's best property see your All Homes guide
in Saturday's Canberra Times
Griffith's Hodgkinson Street is home
to a row of five weatherboard
cottages, some of just 17 timber
houses in the area.
This pocket of the suburb is filled
with character; the weatherboard
cottages were built in the early 1950s
and each charming home features its
own distinctive renovations.
Number 16 will be auctioned on
Saturday. Its yellow facade pops out
from behind leafy established
gardens, which greet you as you walk
up the front stairs. A full-width
verandah runs the length of the home,
offering a peaceful outlook across the
landscaped gardens and on to the
The formal lounge is at the front,
and enjoys lovely garden views. It
provides direct access to the front
verandah and features an open
Casual entertaining spaces are at
the back of the property, where a
galley-style kitchen overlooks open-
plan living. The owners have added
this space and it flows seamlessly
from the rest of the home. The raked
timber ceilings are a perfect fit with
the home's original character, while
glass doors open up to the al fresco
area, allowing for indoor/outdoor
entertaining. The master suite is at
the back of the property and includes
a walk-in wardrobe, en suite and
direct access to the garden. The other
three bedrooms at the front of the
home have built-in wardrobes.
Set on a substantial 1086-square-
metre block, the property features
sprawling, low-maintenance gardens,
a large lawn and a double carport. It
is close to Kingston, Manuka and
some of Canberra's top schools.
Number 16 Hodgkinson Street,
Griffith, will be auctioned this
Saturday, 10am, on site. Phone Peter
Blackshaw Manuka agents Andrew
Chamberlain, 0412 411 422, or Alec
Brown, 0406 866 077. Inspect:
Saturday, 9.30-10am. EER: 1.5.
JOIN THE FEAST
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including Let's Do Lunch, Experiences, Drinks and more, it's time to explore the program
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