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Elderene Brostrom

About me: I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a qualified Radiation Therapist of 24 years. I’m extremely passionate about my profession and enjoy working with people. I’m involved with various charities and like to get others involved too. I’ve worked in South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Canada and the United Kingdom. I met my Swedish husband Thomas in Birmingham, UK in 2004 through an on-line dating site. Our daughter Belle was born here in Townsville and we married in a beautiful vineyard in Franschoek in South Africa. I strongly believe in the importance of being fit and healthy and always strive to do my best. MY BAG I don’t own a designer bag, but I do have a special bag I cherish that has a lot of sentimental value to me. I bought it at a market in Kenia in 2002 for my mom and when she passed away in 2005 I took the bag with me back to the UK where I was working at the time. I remember going through the security at the airport in Cape Town and they scan the bag and notice there was a knife in the bag. I unpacked the bag to find the knife and I couldn’t, so they scanned the bag again. Yes, the knife was definitely still there. I had a feel and could feel it under the lining inside the bag. I took it out and there was my dad’s Swiss army knife I bought him in 1996 when I toured Europe. I lost the knife at the airport that day because they wouldn’t let me keep it. That’s the bag, my mom loved it and it’s like having a piece of her near me everyday. PERFUME La Vie est Belle by Lancome now my favourite. Another gift choice from my husband. NECKLACE A beautiful Mother’s Day gift my daughter made at school with her picture. PRADA SUNGLASSES from my hubby. We love going to the Formula One in Melbourne every other year and he wanted me to look a bit glam. RED LIPSTICK – every woman should have a good lippie in her bag. TEA A cup of tea is as good as any medicine in the world. LONDON MARATHON MEDAL This is by far the most precious medal out of the 25 marathons I’d done since 2002. I’d done this marathon for my friend Stephanie who lost her battle with a brain tumour at the end of January.

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ICE HOCKEY PUCK Caught during a Manitoba Moose hockey game in 2000 while working in Canada. EARRINGS From my PNG sister Michaela that showcase our ethnicity. GARMIN RUNNING WATCH I’ve done 25 marathons and run most days. POWER BANK A necessity especially when carpooling your daughter from one activity to the next. HOMEMADE EXERCISE CUBE I love doing this with my daughter. Of course, I always end up having to do 10 minutes of wall sits. HOT AIR BALLOON VOUCHER was a birthday gift from Thomas and Belle. CD’S My sister sends me music from South Africa. I love listening to these in the car when travelling alone. WATCH + ARMBAND Last year’s Christmas gift from Thomas was a gold watch with matching armband. Hubby’s continued attempts to glam me up. LITTLE BOOK with inspirational affirmations to keep me going on a tough day. CROCODILE PAPERCLIP made by my late friend Stephanie. She was very talented and also made me the friendship necklace with the purple stone. KUKUI NUT LEI I made in Hawaii during a cruise with good friends from North Carolina. CHRISTMAS CARD PHOTO We love taking a family photo in our pool and send it to all our friends and family around the world, especially those who are in much colder climates around Christmas time. PHOTO BOOTH PHOTO of Belle and I on one of our thousands of visits to the museum. KEYRING with things that matters to me. I’m registered with Fitness Australia. I love being the Relay for Life team captain and my daughters school photo.

DUOMagazine November 2016  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of your community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, makin...

DUOMagazine November 2016  

Every month, DUO captures the unique spirit of our region and grabs the attention of your community. We’ve been doing it for a decade, makin...