KAYLEE MacKenzie, looking forward to a career in fashion. Photo: CRAIG SADLER
KAYLEE MacKenzie, looking forward to a career in fashion. Photo: CRAIG SADLER

Kaylee fashions life-long dream as a designer

A DAILY six-hour bus ride%is taking cystic fibrosis sufferer Kaylee MacKenzie closer to her dreams. The 16-year-old, who may never live past the age of 30, has embarked on an 18-month-long fashion-design course. Located at Burleigh Heads, the prestigious Academy of Design will teach the Hastings Point resident everything about the fashion industry, including design skills, sewing, pattern-making and fashion illus-%tration. “It is very tiring,” Kaylee said. “I do all my assignments in the bus. “But I am learning a lot of things and I am really happy to be there.” Mum, Fiona MacKenzie said, though the academy only accepts students after they have finished Year 12, an exception was made for Kaylee because of her illness. “By the time everyone finishes Year 12, she will have her advance diploma in fashion, be able to start up her own label and travel to Italy,” Ms MacKenzie said. However, she said, they couldn’t have done it without the support of the community. The cost for Kaylee’s%education, including travel, course fees and buying equipment will cost around $20,000. A recent fundraiser managed to collect $16, 500 to add to the $4000 already collected.



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