Help where help's needed
CALLING Trudy Fitzpatrick a trooper, a battler, or any other of those iconic Aussie names for someone who keeps going despite adversity just won't cut it.
She is facing the greatest challenge anybody can face - her mortality.
Trudy has been battling breast cancer for a number of years, but unfortunately two weeks ago she was admitted to hospital with an infection and breathing problems.
While there, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her bowel and is aggressive and inoperable.
She's not giving up, but is realistic and preparing for what lies ahead.
"While I have to face the possibility of leaving this Earth, I have to think about the children I leave behind," she told the Daily News.
Trudy has been unable to work for several weeks and with Christmas fast approaching, she has enough to worry about, without struggling to pay bills and take care of her children Rosie and Seamus.
To assist Ttrudy and her family through this difficult time, her friends have rallied around and are organising a fundraising event on Sunday, December 4.
Rosie, 15, and Seamus, 13, attend St Josephs at Banora and have been extremely supportive.
"We are not after that trip to Disneyland, we just want to help with her bills as she is a single mum," said friend Christelle Moller.
"The last time she went through chemotherapy she worked cleaning houses.
"This time she can't and nor should she have to.
"We are all hopng that someone out there in the community may just read about her plight and donate something.
"We are seeking assistance/donations with sausages, bread, onions and soft drink and if anyone has a portable BBQ please let us know."
The fundraising event will include a $5 sausage sizzle, gold coin donation and a vegetarian option, raffles, a lucky door prize and an opportunity to spend time with Trudy and her family.
RSVP to Christelle on 0409 857 639 or email@example.com by November 22. BYO chairs, alcohol and party hats.
The fundraiser will be held at Marine Parade Park at Fingal starting at 12 noon on Sunday, December 4.