By Tania Phillips
Twelve hundred Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year, and in Australia alone a woman dies of Ovarian Cancer every 10 hours.
For Heather Watts president of the Border Ovarian Cancer Awareness Group, it’s not all about statistics but real people – in her case her daughter Kelsey Watts died of ovarian cancer at the age of 33.
The Border Ovarian Awareness Group was formed in July 2012, and has raised $180,000 since it’s formation according to president Heather.
The not-for-profit group holds various events, and will be out and about on Teal Ribbon Day – 22 February, selling ribbons.
“The whole month of February is ovarian cancer awareness month,” Heather said.
“But we will be out on Teal Ribbon Day selling ribbons at Coles in the street while a lot of other businesses also have posters up and are selling ribbons too.”
Dedicated to raising awareness of this insidious cancer and in memory of those that have passed away from ovarian cancer, the group assists women to recognise the symptoms and supports those fighting the disease.
They are committed to raising funds through donation and sponsorship collection to offer community education and disease prevention of ovarian cancer.
One of their most successful ventures is their second hand book and jams stall at the Wondonga Plant Farm – for gold coin donations people can buy books and jams. Amazingly, the store has raised $65,000 in the past four years.
The group wholeheartedly support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and Ovarian Cancer Australia, and is enthusiastically supported by local geneticist doctor Moulik.
But it’s not all serious, with plenty of fun fund-raisers planned to help keep the money coming in and to raise awareness of this disease. Earlier this month they were part of the second annual HOG motorcycle ride around the region and next month they have a even more interesting fund-raiser.
The BOAG group is asking the people of the Border region to register and jump out of a plane.
The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 March.
Heather said last year’s inaugural event attracted 17 jumpers but already there were 44 on the books.
She said the event would be held at North Albury and participants were still being accepted.
For any queries, call Heather on 0401 008 310.