We’re pretty laid back on the coast, but Australians are encouraged to ovary-act in February to raise funds for ovarian cancer research and support.
February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and teal is the international colour for ovarian cancer.
With the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer, and little improvement in treatment in nearly 50 years, Ovarian Cancer Australia is calling on people to hosting a Paint the Town Teal fundraising event in support
Every year in Australia, more than 1,600 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and more than 1,000 will die.
Only 45 per cent of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will survive five years post diagnosis. This is well below the average for all cancers in Australia.
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Ovarian Cancer Australia CEO, Jane Hill said while ovarian cancer is the deadliest women’s cancer in Australia, it is also one of the most underfunded.
“We rely on our fundraising community so we can continue to deliver awareness, support, advocacy and research programs,” Ms Hill said.
“Paint the Town Teal fundraising events can be big, small or somewhere in between. They can range from an intimate movie night, a BBQ with friends, an afternoon tea or a gala dinner.
“Trivia, games or bingo nights are great fun. Why not invite old school friends, neighbours, family or colleagues from work?
“Anything goes, as long as it’s teal and you’re supporting women living with ovarian cancer and their families. The bigger, the better.”
In 2019, Ovarian Cancer Australia’s Paint the Town Teal fundraising initiative aims to raise $500,000.
Funds raised will contribute to the following Ovarian Cancer Australia initiatives:
- Funding Health-Impact Research Projects, working to reduce the impact and incidence of ovarian cancer by 2025.
- Providing resilience kits to newly diagnosed women, which include a support guide for living with ovarian cancer.
- Connecting women with a Specialist Support Team- a dedicated team of specialists for personalised advice.
- OCA Connect, Ovarian Cancer Australia’s online community and support network, which provides a platform for women to share and support each other through their ovarian cancer experience.
- Connecting women with face-to-face support groups led by healthcare professionals to ensure they are in a comfortable environment to learn connect and share.
- Helping to engage and educate healthcare professionals nationally, in order to raise awareness.
Get involved by registering your Paint the Town Teal fundraising event at www.paintthetownteal.net.au.
Be sure to like and follow Ovarian Cancer Australia on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and for some ‘tealspiration’ for your Paint the Town Teal fundraiser.
Australians can also raise funds and show their support by wearing a teal ribbon throughout February – particularly on Teal Ribbon Day, Wednesday, February 27.