On Wednesday May 1st the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) and Australian fashion label Witchery want to fill the steps of the Sydney Opera House with people wearing white shirts for National OCRF White Shirt Day 2013.
Organisers of “UNITE in White” for ovarian cancer need 1,200 Sydney-siders to reach their target, a number which represents the number of Australian women diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.
If you would like to participate in the “UNITE in White” event at the Sydney Opera House on May 1st 2013, you can register your interest at the website: http://www.witchery.com.au/unite-in-white.
Now in its third year, National OCRF White Shirt Day is an initiative of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation to increase awareness of ovarian cancer and to raise much needed funding for medical research.
In Australia one woman dies of ovarian cancer every 10 hours. There is no early detection test for ovarian cancer and because symptoms are quite vague in the early stages of the disease, the majority of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer have already reached the advanced stages by the time treatment commences.
Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer
- Vague abdominal pain or pressure
- Feeling of abdominal fullness, gas, nausea, indigestion different to your normal sensations
- Sudden abdominal swelling, weight gain or bloating
- Persistent changes in bowel or bladder patterns
- Low backache or cramps
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Pain during intercourse
- Unexplained weight loss
To date, OCRF has raised more than $3.6 million in partnership with Witchery’s annual White Shirt campaign but more funding is needed to continue research into ovarian cancer.
100% of the proceeds from Witchery’s White Shirt collection which includes 7 styles for women and 2 for men, go directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
The White Shirt collection is available from Witchery stores nationally and online at www.witchery.com.au
For more information about National OCRF White Shirt Day and ovarian cancer visit the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation website at www.ocrf.com.au