Sunday, August 11, 2013

A fancy new title (for a very good cause)

It has been a big few weeks with lots on, much of it in preparation for Rock Your Frock my annual fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.  Each year, I hold a charity dance where everyone (and I mean everyone) is encouraged to frock up.  I hold a silent auction, have raffles, everyone dances and it is a really fun and exciting night during which we have raised thousands of dollars.

OCRF became my charity of choice 3 years ago following the diagnosis and death of a close family friend from ovarian cancer.  It was then that I discovered that ovarian cancer kills a woman every 10 hours in Australia - not because it is particularly aggressive but because there is no early detection test and as a result it is generally found very late.  If found early, it is a very treatable so the OCRF are working on finding an early detection test.  It is really important work and I'm really happy to be able to play my tiny role in supporting the work through fundraising.

This week I received an email from OCRF.  They have noticed the work I've done over the last three years and as a result have asked me to be their ambassador in Canberra.  I will continue to do what I've been doing, spreading the message about the work they are doing by being a media representative and representing them at events etc.  It is such an honour both to know that my work has been noticed but also that I will be able to contribute in an even more meaningful way.

I'm really excited about the opportunity, and hope to bring lots more stories of the great work being done by the OCRF to you all!