As some of you know, I lost my sister to ovarian cancer when she was only 26 years old. So the fight against this dreaded disease is one that’s close to my heart – in fact, often on my lapel. Fortunately, some other Aussie organisations have taken up the fight as well. Here are five that are helping us make headway.
Sofa company Plush has been involved in the ovarian-cancer fight since 2011, when it began donating $50 from the sale of each Snuggle Swivel Chair to Ovarian Cancer Australia. The company and its staff also does their part for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month every February with in-store displays banners and the ever-important teal ribbons. To date, the company has donated more than $200,000 to Ovarian Cancer Australia. And thanks to those of you now enjoying your Snuggle Swivel Chairs!
Chemmart has been fighting ovarian cancer since 2001. Like Plush, Chemmart makes a big push in February, when participating pharmacies throughout the country sell special nail supplies, such as emery boards and nail polish sets, as well as teal ribbons to raise awareness and money for Ovarian Cancer Australia. The pharmacies have hosted some great events, too, from “Afternoon Teals” across the country to in-store “Colour For a Cause” manicures.
Simson Greeting Cards
Award-winning Aussie greeting-card company Simson donates seasonally to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). The company sells an OCRF-branded range of Mother’s Day cards as well as boxed sets of Christmas cards; a percentage of the proceeds from these sales supports the foundation’s critical research efforts as it searches for an early-detection test for this stealthy and deadly cancer.
The Australian Women’s Weekly (owned by Bauer Media)
The Australian Women’s Weekly took up the fight against ovarian cancer a couple of years ago by hosting multi-city High Tea Tours and donating the proceeds to the OCRF. This year’s High Tea Tour extends to an impressive six Australian cities – Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane – and takes place in August. Buy your tickets for a fun day out with girlfriends or family members – and for a great cause. Alternatively, you could even consider hosting a high tea and fundraiser of your own.
Turns out, Witchery’s not so witchy after all. The fellow fashion brand does a great deal to support the ovarian-cancer cause and has been a powerful partner of the OCRF since 2001. The company’s popular annual White Shirt Campaign raises much-needed funds for the organisation through the sales of a special shirt collection in its stores across the country. In fact, a whopping 100% of gross proceeds go to research for the disease. Another annual initiative during the lead-up to Christmas sees the company donating 10% of the proceeds from its limited-edition Silver Gifts collection, which also go towards supporting the OCRF’s research efforts.
Cheers for reading. H