Kangaroo Island mermaid Fiona Fogg raising funds for 'Not Putting on a Shirt' campaign

KI MERMAID: Fiona Fogg from Coastal Mermaids on Kangaroo Island is joining up with the Not Putting on a Shirt organisation to raise funds. Photo supplied
KI MERMAID: Fiona Fogg from Coastal Mermaids on Kangaroo Island is joining up with the Not Putting on a Shirt organisation to raise funds. Photo supplied

Kangaroo Island mermaid Fiona Fogg is putting together a calendar to raise money for "Not Putting on a Shirt" campaign.

The campaign seeks to make sure women who have a mastectomy or double mastectomy are treated fairly by doctors and the medical system.

The mum of five used to be a professional mermaid performer in WA, but now runs a business called Coastal Mermaids, which is is a unique photography business only found here on Kangaroo Island.

She dresses up babies, children and adults up as mermaids and captures stunning images for everyone to cherish.

"I have now been creating beautiful memories for nine years and I love it!" she said.

"I didn't start my career as a mermaid performer until about 2016 when I swam at the end of the longest jetty in Australia 1.8 km out to sea at Busselton, WA.

"There is an underwater observatory that kids can view you underwater. This was such an amazing job but was very challenging with fighting the currents, jellyfish, water temperature and being very careful not to knock any of the precious coral.

"I retired my performing career in 2018 when I had my beautiful boy Eli and moved back to my hometown of KI."

She is currently fundraising for a charity calendar for the Not Putting on a Shirt campaign.

Here is the link if you would like to donate or share https://www.facebook.com/donate/340210504056343/

Fiona Fogg has a new business on Kangaroo Island called Coastal Mermaids and is joining up with the Not Putting on a Shirt organisation.

Fiona Fogg has a new business on Kangaroo Island called Coastal Mermaids and is joining up with the Not Putting on a Shirt organisation.

Fiona Fogg in her previous career as a professional mermaid at the Busselton Jetty in WA.

Fiona Fogg in her previous career as a professional mermaid at the Busselton Jetty in WA.

She was inspired to raise funds thanks to her "beautiful client and now friend Pascale".

"She is a talented artist who has been through a lot with a breast implant illness after a prophylactic mastectomy," Fiona said. "She went from expanders to implants and then to an aesthetic flat closure."

Her Flat Mermaid calendar will contribute to this great organisation: https://notputtingonashirt.org/

She said she also has the support of the "Fierce, Flat, Forward" Facebook group, International FLAT Day, and of course Not Putting on a Shirt.

"I am going on a road trip to three destinations around Australia - COVID pending, which will include NSW, SA and QLD," she said.

"I'm in the process of designing 12 completely unique fabric tails for the shoot, which will be auctioned off after the calendar is launched to raise more funds for the cause.

"We are looking for sponsors for this great cause which will help cover the costs of printing the calendar, printing these beautiful tails and travel.

"Small donations are welcome or sponsor a whole month."

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