Weekend Sunrise weatherman and presenter James Tobin has opened up publicly for the first time about the loss of his mother.
Tobin’s mother Christa Tobin died four years ago from breast cancer, leaving behind three children and her husband Tony.
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Speaking from the Channel 7 Perth Telethon on Sunday morning, Tobin opened up about the loss of his mother for the first time, saying his family had given him their blessing to talk openly.
“I’ve never really spoken about it publicly,” he said.
“I didn’t really know how I felt about doing that.
“I spoke to my dad and my brother Pete and sister Julia and said, ‘How do you feel about this?’
“Everyone was really supportive.”
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Tobin said his family have made it a point to talk about Christa as much as possible.
He said while it was difficult a first, he is “really proud” to talk about his mum and all the things she has done and achieved in her life.
“For me personally (after she died) I had this incredible insight all of a sudden which I didn’t have when mum was alive into the real intricacies on how she affected me and my brother and sister and everyone she was around,” he said.
“The lessons she taught me in life without actually sitting down and saying , ‘This is a lesson and I’m teaching you’, (it was) just by the way she acted, the way she went through life, the way she treated people, the way she was interested in people, the way she loved life.
“Now four years on it’s nice to speak publicly about it because it wasn’t very easy when it happened, to say the least.”
James Tobin with his dad Tony and mum Christie. Credit: 7NEWSChristie Tobin died from breast cancer four years ago. Credit: 7NEWS
Tobin is now working with the McGrath Foundation for its Pink Test, a charity cricket match in partnership with Cricket Australia.
The presenter will also be hosting the Jane McGrath High Tea, with both events to be held in early January 2024.
All proceeds will go towards funding McGrath Breast Care Nurses in Australia who provide free physical, psychological and emotional support for individual and families experiencing breast cancer.
More information about the foundation and its fundraising events are available on the McGrath Foundation’s website.
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