Every eight hours, a woman dies from ovarian cancer in Australia. It’s a disturbing statistic, and one that doesn’t discriminate: every woman is at risk.
Why are the numbers so horrifyingly high? Unlike other cancers, there is no early detection test (despite what many women believe, a pap smear doesn’t detect ovarian cancer). Because the symptoms are easily missed, ovarian cancer strikes without warning – and when it does, it’s usually advanced.
In Australia, the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) is committed to funding research into an early detection test to save women’s lives before it’s too late. In the words of OCRF’s chairman, you don’t need to be a scientist to make a difference – read on for the simple ways you can support this important cause.
1/ Georg Jensen Offspring Pendant
Georg Jensen has designed beautiful limited edition pendant necklaces in 18-karat gold and sterling silver to help fund research for OCRF. The delicate design taps into the trend for minimalist, modern jewellery, but there’s a lot more to love than its look: $50 from the sale of each sterling silver pendant and $150 from the sale of each gold pendant will be donated directly to ovarian cancer research. We suggest gifting them to the significant women in your life, be it your mother, sister or closest friends.
Acclaimed illustrator Megan Hess has designed two bespoke illustrations to support the campaign, which she will be personalising for customers at events in Georg Jensen Chatswood and Chadstone stores. Visit Georg Jensen for details.
2/ Witchery White Shirts
Since Witchery launched its White Shirt Campaign a decade ago, more than $10-million has been raised for OCRF. This year’s White Shirt capsule collection is just as gorgeous as those that came before it, and with 100 per cent of gross proceeds donated to ovarian cancer research, there’s never been a better reason to buy.
3/ Donate directly
Why not take two minutes out of your day now by making a donation directly to OCRF? They accept one-off, monthly and annual payments – and you’ll be left with the knowledge that you’ve helped to make a difference.