Report of the Launch of the novel ‘DUSTY PINK’ by author Louise Kim 

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Isolation is a concept very familiar to Louise Kim, author of Dusty Pink. Louise, known to her friends as Lee, grew up experiencing remote and isolated properties in South Africa. In her adult life in Australia she has travelled extensively across the length and breadth of outback Australia.

When Dusty Pink was about to be published, Lee began to consider what cause she would like to partner with to donate benefits from the worldwide sale of her novel. She consulted Dr Chantel Thornton, a long-time friend with an amazing track record of work as a breast surgeon and an active philanthropist.

Dr Thornton outlined the work of the foundation and Lee was immediately attracted to the idea of supporting the many aspects in which the foundation is active, but most particularly its research work, as well as the outreach work among disadvantaged or isolated women.

It is particularly relevant for this novel because the story moves between South Africa and Australia as the plot unfolds. The title relates to a cattle station in outback Australia called Dusty Pink because it is in the painted desert with its wonderful pink hues and dusty beauty.  Remote isolation, the colour pink and being a story about extraordinary women are fitting themes in this work of fiction which aims to support the very serious work of the Foundation.

At the recent launch of the novel at Sotheby’s Main Beach on the Gold Coast in Queensland, the Chair of the FFBCC, Chris Pyke, Associate Professor of Surgery, Mater Clinical Unit, Brisbane, painted an informative and sensitive picture of the work and achievements of the Foundation.

The book was launched with great style by Deputy Mayor Councillor Donna Gates, a keen supporter of the arts.  She spoke encouragingly about the strong and growing cultural community on the Gold Coast, which is vibrant and diverse, and she wished the book well.

Lee gave a light-hearted account of how she had written the book in her son’s beach house in the Hamptons, while on sabbatical leave from her occupation as a Hansard reporter in the Victorian Parliament. She outlined how much she had enjoyed writing from her cosy retreat during the snowy winter months in the fishing port of Montauk, home of the fearless fishermen of the icy Atlantic.

The working manuscript then returned to Australia but was neglected for some years until Lee retired earlier this year when her daughter arrived from Spain and took charge of the publishing process. The book is now available through Amazon.com and is proving to be popular when people want to use the Amazon gift service to send a present interstate or overseas, which is good news for the foundation.

The launch event was also attended by Olympian Alice Tait, OAM, the Foundation’s very supportive ambassador. It was an elegant gathering of people who were generous in support of the debut novel and the cause Dusty Pink is determined to support. Lee thanked Chris and Jan Pyke, who made the trip down from Brisbane, and Donna Gates and Alice Tait for their interest in Dusty Pink and the Foundation.

Anyone wishing to contact the author can do so via the Dusty Pink Face Book page or email: lee.kim@bigpond.com.

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