Poppy Sisterhood chips in to help breast cancer patients


Vera Wheatfill and Julieta Reboreaos and the Poppy Sisterhood ladies in background. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d452189
Vera Wheatfill and Julieta Reboreaos and the Poppy Sisterhood ladies in background. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d452189

WITH a whir of a sewing machine and some colourful fabric, a group of women have helped some 100 cancer patients from a coffee shop in Bassendean.

The Poppy Sisterhood, which first came together to crochet poppies for the Anzac centenary commemorations, have sewn 100 cushion and 39 bags to assist women recovering from a mastectomy.

Led by Bassendean resident Julieta Rebordaos, the group donated them to Fiona Stanley Hospital’s breast centre.

Ms Rebordaos has fought breast cancer and had a mastectomy three years ago and a second one in December last year when the cancer returned.

“After you have the operation they take you to a room and they give you some freebies, the fake boobs and the bra, the cushion, the bag and you feel a little bit better,” she said.

“When you are in pain it’s useful, it’s not nice with the blood when you walk around the house or hospital, you can put it in the bag.

“It’s a very simple thing but makes you feel better.”

Ms Rebordaos said the hospital was often short of the homemade cushions and bags, so enlisted the help of the Poppy Sisterhood, a crafty social group that meet weekly at Dome cafe in Bassendean.

She said some of her friends in Rockingham also donated time and fabric.