Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Rock your Frock
As long term readers of this blog will know, last year I raised money for ovarian cancer research by wearing dresses all October for Frocktober.
Ovarian cancer statistics are scary. It is one of the most common cancers affecting women - in Australia a woman dies of ovarian cancer every 10 hours and most women discover they have it too late to do anything about it. This was all brought home to me last year when my Aunty Sue died of it about four months after she was diagnosed.
Frocktober was an awesome experience. I received the most amazing support, not just financially (I ended up raising over $2,000!!!) but emotionally and in dresses. I think I spent about half the month wearing my friends clothes! It really was instrumental in helping me grieve and deal with Sue's death in a positive way. And of course it made me want to do it again.
However I didn't want to hit all the same people up for sponsorship for doing the same thing, so I decided to do something a bit different. Yes, I will still wear frocks every day in October (after all I love wearing dresses) but I'm also going to hold an event that combines my love of dresses, dancing and fundraising. That event will be "Rock your Frock" a frocktober dance party!
I've been planning Rock your Frock for awhile now, but today the first tangible piece of the planning - my advertising postcards - arrived.
I've done loads of event planning in my time, in fact that was my profession for awhile. Event planning can seem very intangible at times. So much work and organisation is happening for a distant time and place. But every now and then something tangible arrives, like today's postcards and it is a massive lift. It gives you a boost, a kick start to keep going with the organisation.
So expect a few dress/dance themed posts as I get ready for what I hope will be a fantastic event which really contributes to the fight against ovarian cancer. Oh and if you are in Canberra, mark the 15th of October in your diary and get ready to Rock your Frock!