PROUD: Kaela McRae, 21, from Caniaba is Casino's showgirl for 2017.
PROUD: Kaela McRae, 21, from Caniaba is Casino's showgirl for 2017. Helen Trustum

Casino showgirl is 'living life large' to honour her mother

CASINO'S new showgirl Kaela McRae may live in Caniaba but it was in Casino that she found a "new family” after her mother Jodie died from breast cancer last year at the age of 43.

Vowing to "live life large” - the motto of the charity Jodie's Inspiration set up to support Kaela's mother and now supporting cancer sufferers across the region, Kaela entered Casino Showgirl to give back to a community and to gain experience.

"From when my mum passed away I wanted to try new things, I worked for Beef Week,” Kaela said.

"I'm proud of Casino, showgirl was one way to say thank you.”

The 21 year old has ambitions to be a motivational speaker. Part of her prize as showgirl is to attend a deportment course in Dubbo before heading to Wauchope for the zone competitions.

Heavily involved in Jodie's Inspiration, Kaela said money raised locally supports cancer patients who need care at Lismore Hospital.

Last year's Pink Halloween raised $72,000. Jodie's Inspiration purchased Cold Cap Therapy machines, two for St Vincent's and two are planned for Lismore Base.

"Our aim is to help

on an emotional and

mental level while a cure is found.”

The Cold Cap machines freeze hair follicles of patients while they undergo chemotherapy.

"It means they keep their hair.”

Support Pink Halloween on Saturday, October 28 at Trinity Sports Centre in Lismore.

Ticket sales close today. Go to Jodie's Inspiration Facebook page.



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