Baring all for breast cancer

FORMER local body-painter Wendy Fantasia has nearly completed her “biggest project yet” – and it couldn’t have been for a better cause.
The ex-Gawler High School student, who grew up on a farm near Mallala and now lives in Melbourne, recently lent her expertise to a 13-month calendar designed to raise awareness about breast cancer diagnosis.
The ‘So Brave’ fundraiser calendar, which is in the final editing stages, features 13 women under the age of 40, all of whom are breast cancer survivors, who underwent full-body painting in iconic locations right around Australia.
“It’s the biggest project I’ve ever done, and I don’t think I would have been ready to do it a couple of years ago,” Wendy said.
“The paint and shoot days, every one of them has been epic.
“Being body-painted is a full-on experience.”
The calendar, hopefully, will inspire more, and more, young women to get regular check-ups, and remind them that age is no protection against the disease.
“All 13 girls were diagnosed under 40 – the youngest is 26,” Wendy said.
“They are all breast cancer survivors.
“The thing is, it never goes away, it’s always there.”
The painting and photographic routines, which took place at some of Australia’s most travelled landmarks, including the Flinders Ranges, Sydney Harbour and the Blue Mountains, were also captured in a documentary filmed while on location.
Wendy said each of the models was very open when speaking about their experiences.
“They’re searingly honest,” she said.
“It was their chance to speak openly, in the hope that it will get women to pay attention to a niggle in their breast, get checked, and open up the discussions, more fully, about it.”
Each calendar will cost $30, with all funds going directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and will be printed in July/August.
To order, visit sobrave.com.au/product/2017-sobrave-calendar/

Grady Hudd

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Growing up in Bordertown in the South East, Grady Hudd moved to Adelaide and completed a Bachelor in Journalism before starting his first industry job at the Kaniva Times and Nhill Free Press in Western Victoria at the end of 2012. He moved to Gawler in May 2014 to start work at the Bunyip. Grady has keen interests in footy and cricket, as well as a passion for music and guitar.

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