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High Time for an Afternoon Tea Fundraiser

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving” ~ Mother Teresa

We certainly felt the love on Sunday 11th of July. Our Afternoon High Tea fundraiser was a great success. The afternoon was filled with elegant grazing and sweet treats. We also held a raffle, lucky door prizes and an auction, which featured prizes donated by a range of local businesses and people. Around 150 people graciously attended. Our goal was to bring together our community of women and raise awareness and much needed funds for Ovarian Cancer Australia.

We were fortunate to have two incredible guest speakers on the day – Dr Haider Najjar and cancer survivor Ms Betty Giannopoulos. Dr Najjar shared his knowledge on Ovarian Cancer diagnosis, available treatment and fertility. Ms Giannopoulos bravely shared her personal journey with cancer from her diagnosis back in July 2020, through to her treatment and beyond. Their message was clear,  If you feel there is something wrong, tell your doctor. Be assertive. Get support. Your life may depend on it.

Ovarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in Australia. About 1532 Australian women are diagnosed each year. Ovarian cancer can happen at any age, but it is usually in women who have been through menopause, with the average age of diagnosis being age 64. No one ever needs to cope with ovarian cancer alone.  Ovarian Cancer Australia are there to help and provide support and information to women when they need it. If you or anyone you know needs support, please contact an ovarian cancer nurse on 1300 660 334 (Weekdays, 9am – 5pm AEST), or email [email protected]

Thank you to everyone who attended and especially those who lent their support on the day, donated raffle prizes, provided the catering and service. Your generosity and support was beyond amazing. Each one of you created a wonderful atmosphere whilst helping raise money for a worthy cause.

We hope to make this an annual event!

With gratitude,

Mary, Maria, Aggie and Joanna

Pancretan Association of Melbourne

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