Recycled clothing aids breast cancer research

April 26, 2012 by Michelle Favero
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Five years ago, Esti Lipson, a staff member at Sydney’s Emanuel school,  lost her mother Cherie Belahsen to breast cancer after a long and painful illness. Her journey has inspired her daughter to honour her precious memory by raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Emanuel School has put its collective weight behind Lipson’s efforts by hosting and promoting Cherie’s Frock Exchange.

Esti Lipson checks the stock

The clothes shopping extravaganza, which will be held at Emanuel School, Randwick on Sunday 6 May 2012 from 2pm – 5pm, will see hundreds of new and pre-loved women’s and children’s clothes for sale at basement prices.

Esti, joined by fellow Emanuel colleagues and students, have collected wardrobes of new clothes which will be on sale at bargain basement prices, thanks to donations by generous businesses. The collection of trendy, vintage, upmarket and retro clothes and accessories will cater for all tastes.

Esti sees the event as her way of helping to ensure that others do not experience the painful journey that her family has endured due to this horrific disease, “Having witnessed what someone so close to me suffered due to such a horrible and fatal illness, I felt a need, in her memory, to do whatever I could to help medical science find the elusive cure to breast cancer. The disease is the most common cancer among Australian women, accounting for 27% of all cancer diagnoses. The staff and students of the Emanuel School have been magnificent in embracing this charitable effort.”

Cherie’s Frock Exchange is named for Lipson’s mother, Cherie, who loved clothes. Esti recounts, “Her wardrobe was full of the latest fashions and she took great pleasure in shopping for clothes – it’s what made her happy and gave her pleasure. That’s why I have chosen to raise funds for breast cancer research by selling fashionable women’s clothing. It’s what my mother would have enjoyed.”

One in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85 and by 2015 an estimated 15,409 Australian women are expected to be diagnosed with the disease, equating to an average of 42 women everyday*. 100% of all proceeds from the sale of clothing at Cherie’s Frock Exchange will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, helping to reduce these numbers – your support will make a difference!

Entry is only $10 and bargain hunters are encouraged to register early by visiting Anyone who preregisters for the event will be given exclusive presale access from 1pm.

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