Have you ever wanted to see your favourite burns innovator on canvas? On Wednesday the 28th of June, that’s just what the ABC audience and many of you were treated to as Anh Do, author of The Happiest Refugee and talented artist, painted Fiona’s portrait.
Anh’s Brush with Fame sees many significant Australians as the focus of the program each episode. From the likes of Jessica Mauboy; known for her Indigenous heritage and musical talent, to Samuel Johnson; actor and passionate crusader in the fight against cancer, Fiona is among 20 special guests in both series of the show which first aired on the 24th of August 2016.
It is a wonderful way to raise awareness of the impact of burns injuries and to show how genuine Fiona is in her endeavour to improve the lives of burns patients across WA. During her episode, she reminisced about patients and fellow surgeons who have had an impact on her life, particularly the survivors of the Bali bombings and the very first patient who received her innovative spray on skin treatment.There is no arguing that it was an emotional affair shared in the art studio and we may have shed a tear or two hearing some of the stories close to her heart.
“Fiona is a busy woman who takes life by the horns. I want to capture her strength and energy,” Anh said before meeting Fiona.
“I read that she even hates getting her photo taken so I feel quite honoured that she’s agreed to sit for me today.”
Fiona is celebrated by Anh’s fans, past patients and their families, and supporters of the Fiona Wood Foundation alike. Several viewers took to our Facebook page to express their emotional reactions following the airing of the episode.
“I finished watching the show and had to find a way to convey my awe of your passion, compassion and positivity, Fiona. You make the world a better place and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the good you have done and continue to do for others,” one inspired viewer said.
“I love this show. Some amazing interviews and paintings of great Australians,” another Facebook supporter commented.
“Best 30 minutes of my day. Thank you to two beautifully talented and caring people for sharing your light and energy,” praised another supporter.
Watch this space to keep updated on its location.
For those of you who didn’t catch Fiona on Anh’s Brush with Fame, you can view it here http://www.iview.abc.net.au/programs/anhs-brush-with-fame/DO1623H010S00 for the next week or so. Keep up to date with Fiona and the Foundation’s movements on our Facebook.