Grant Rutherford, his sister Angela and brother-in-law Vince live ‘a hop, skip and a jump’ apart in Fitzroy.
Grant co-founded the Snowdome Foundation after his daughter Chloe lost her battle with Leukaemia six years ago.
The Snowdome Foundation’s “Great Shake-Up” virtual fundraiser on October 8 raised $400,000 for blood cancer research.
I love Fitzroy. It always feels alive and bustling, there’s a real culture centred around art and food, and I can get a $20 haircut and a free beer at Dr. Follicles. In general people northside are so giving and friendly.
As children Ang and I were always close, although a lot of our stories wouldn’t be fit for print! She helped fund me through my design degree, let me drive her MG (and blow it up) and has always been there for me over food and a beer or two.
Speaking of which, the best thing about living so close to her and Vince is that there’s always food on tap. Vince comes from an Italian heritage and is a fantastic cook; their house is the entertainment centre for the extended family. It’s always fun for me and my daughter, Lily, to drop in and hang out with them and my nieces.
It was in the process of making sense of the loss of Chloe that I co-founded the Snowdome Foundation. We’re giving real hope to those in need of it; this isn’t ‘black hole’ research but funds going straight to patients. Chloe touched a lot of people through her short but beautiful life and now she’s gone she’s helping even more.
Vince & Angela
A: We moved to North Fitzroy in 1993 and I can’t see us ever moving out. We love the close knit community, and the fact that we can walk to the shops and some incredible restaurants like Pope Joan and Supermaxi.
Grant and I were close, especially in our early twenties when we used to go clubbing at Chasers. I think being the middle child between two girls was tough for him – both physically and mentally – although our biggest fights were when he wouldn’t let me watch Countdown.
He’s a great uncle and would come by with lots of presents for our girls when they were young. Today, I love that Grant and Lily can drop in anytime and that Lily can come and hang out with our girls.
V: I’ve just finished my first solo album, Everything was Singing, which was written for Chloe. Part of the album sales will be donated to the Snowdome Foundation – it’s available exclusively at AESOP stores in November before general release in 2016.
These two are ring-ins to the Fitzroy area, I was born and raised in Fitzroy and I have had my work cut out for me educating them to the finer aspects of living in the glorious north side of Melbourne town!