Gala Luncheon


Friday 24 August 2018 12-2.00pm

Grand Ballroom, The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street Melbourne

Tickets $220 or $2000 for a table of 10

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Join Peter Hitchener from Channel 9 News; along with Sandra Pankhurst who will share her experience with Alma Doepel. Sandra is the subject of The Trauma Cleaner, winner of Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, 2018.


Host: Peter Hitchener – Channel 9 News

Sandra Pankhurst

Keynote Speaker: Sandra Pankhurst

An extraordinary Life

Sandra Pankhurst is a highly successful businesswoman and much sought after public speaker, but the odds were against her at the start of her life’s journey. Adopted into a dysfunctional family who neglected her and cast her aside her traumatic life started at birth however Sandra is one of the very few to find the strength and tenacity to escape her past and completely turn her life around.

Sandra was born Peter and is transgender, she was the first female funeral Director in Victoria, she has been a wife, father, sex worker and drag queen but above all she has been a survivor.

Sandra’s enormous compassion has led to her reaching out to the most vulnerable in our community, her charity work is well known and respected.

Today Sandra is the Director of Specialised Trauma Cleaning services where week after week she tirelessly supports people with unspeakable tragedy and emotional scares that are written on the walls of their houses. Sandra helps the woman who has lived most of her adult life amongst disgusting garbage, the forgotten drug addict living in decay and destruction, the woman who suffers delusional episodes and sleeps in rat and vermin infested conditions. The eerie silence of the home of a murder victim who’s family suffer unimaginable grief. Sandra’s motto is excellence is no accident and care, compassion and dignity should be shown to all.

Sandra’s humour, grace and integrity is a rare find. The best- selling award winning ‘The Trauma cleaner’ book is based on Sandra’s amazing life and negotiations are currently underway for a television series.

This inspirational woman is in high demand with the public embracing her personal story. An encounter with Sandra Pankhurst leaves you with a lasting impression of how one woman rose above her tragic circumstances through true Aussie grit and relentless determination and created a successful and happy life for herself and those that are fortunate enough to know her.

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Auction Items

Donating an item or experience to Alma Doepel’s Voyage of a Lifetime Auction directly benefits the restoration of Alma Doepel to return her to work with Victoria’s young people. If you would like to make a donation please contact Sally Shepherdson by email or on 0412 570 196.


The Alma Doepel would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2018 event partners.

Please contact Sally Shepherdson by email or on 0412 570 196 to explore sponsorship opportunities or to donate auction items or experiences.

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