Broken Hill residents are encouraged to donate to help support women’s health.
Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) is hosting a Giving Day today with all donations to be matched.
The not-for-profit organisation’s CEO, Jane Hill, said it’s a great day to give generously.
“On this day, every donation will be matched by existing donors – it doubles the value,” she said.
“We want to support women no matter where they live.”
OCA hopes to meet its goal of fundraising $700,000 to help save more lives and support those impacted by the deadly disease.
Funds raised will be funnelled into several areas, including advocacy efforts for large-scale investment in ovarian cancer research.
“It takes communities and people to get behind the cause,” Mrs Hill said.
“All funds raised will help our vision to saving lives and making sure no woman walks alone.”
“Because the survival rate is low, that support is very important.”
Ovarian cancer currently has no early detection test and has a survival rate of 48 percent, according to the OCA.
Mrs Hill believes the fundraiser that ties into the awareness month helps to ensure the organisation’s aims can remain top priorities nationwide.
“This month is crucial,” she said. “It’s a time to support women living with Ovarian Cancer and remember the ones we have lost.
“We want to put the spotlight on this insidious disease.”
Common symptoms are increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating, abdominal or pelvic pain, feeling full after eating a small amount and needing to urinate often or urgently.
Mr Hill wants women to be conscious of their health and get check-ups if concerns arise.
“It’s important that women are in tune with their own health,” she said.
“They should get themselves checked out if these symptoms persist.”
A $30 donation – that will be doubled – can provide a woman with a Resilience Kit, a comprehensive resource that includes expert information about all aspects of cancer.
Community members are also urged to get involved in other ways, such as purchasing merchandise or hosting a Teal Tea event.
Mrs Hill said the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in NSW is timely and would provide people with the opportunity to meet for these types of causes.
“It’s refreshing that with COVID restrictions easing, people can consider these functions,” she said.
“It’s a lovely opportunity to get friends together for a cuppa, teal cake, learn about Ovarian Cancer and get out to socialise with each other.”
These events are ahead of this year’s World Ovarian Cancer Day scheduled for May 8.
For more information or donate, visit www.ovariancancer.net.au or call the Helpline on 1300 660 334.