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Kathy’s legacy will help those experiencing breast cancer to find sanctuary and make memories

Tuesday, August 18, 2020


Kathy has always had a kind and caring heart and, whilst not married, family was everything to her and she had a close relationship with her nieces and nephews. Kathy and her sister Karen had a truly special bond and Karen was by her side for the 8 years of her treatment and appointments, Karen recalls that no matter what was happening Kathy faced everything with a smile. 

With her love of sewing and knitting Kathy made countless baby cot blankets and beanies for a local and overseas children’s charities. 

Kathy had a love of music and concerts with a variety of anything from Jimmy Barnes to Il Divo. Kathy’s sister Karen remembers she would put her music on and sit out on her back deck with a cuppa and a good book to read.

Kathy’s career culminated in her General Manager position at a printing firm in Sandringham, the company she worked with for 32 years. She started as a sales representative but worked hard over the years to attain the position of General Manager. It was through her work that she travelled overseas to many countries and this was the start a lifelong passion for traveling and shopping, particularly in Hong Kong and Italy.

In 2012 Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer and in 2019 Karen reached out to Otis and a retreat stay at Kez’s Hideaway was planned, sadly Kathy passed away a week before her guest stay was due. 

Kathy admired the work of The Otis Foundation and to help us achieve our mission made a bequest to provide for other others going through breast cancer.

Claire Culley, CEO The Otis Foundation, says “We felt so grateful when we received Kathy’s bequest, her generous legacy will enable many, many nights of gifted accommodation to those in need”.

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