Thursday 24 November 2016

The St John of God Foundation’s Cocktail Fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Research Raised More than $110,000

The St John of God Foundation raised more than $110,000 at its recent cocktail fundraiser with partners, JAHROC Galleries and the WOMEN Centre. All the proceeds were directed to ovarian cancer research by the Gynaecological Oncology Research Group at the St John of God Subiaco Hospital (Read about their recent ovarian cancer research breakthrough).

The cocktail fundraiser, A Night on the Swan, was held at Acqua Viva on Swan on Wednesday 19 October and was graced by guests that included the US Consul General, Ms Rachel Cooke, with her husband, Mr Martin Cooke; Nobel Laureate, Professor Barry Marshall, and his wife, Mrs Adrienne Marshall; St John of God Health Care’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr Michael Stanford; and singer, songwriter and musician, Ms Nat Ripepi.

A Night on the Swan featured live and silent auctions, fine furniture and art exhibition sale with the items contributed by the local West Australian artists, and Ms Nat Ripepi sharing about her experience as an ovarian cancer survivor before entertaining the guests with two of her latest songs. 

At the event, guests were found mingling, appreciating the fine furniture and art, participating in the auctions, and enjoying the gourmet food. The night ended successfully with guests supporting and contributing generously to the cause.

The research funding for gynaecological cancer was non-existent until five years ago. The St John of God Foundation started raising funds for gynaecological cancer research in 2014. 

The research on ovarian cancer is not only limited to finding a cure, but includes prevention, side-effects of treatment, impact on psychological and sexual health as well as quality of life, and survivorship. 

Australia’s ovarian cancer treatment and outcome rank amongst the best in the world; however, a holistic approach and more research are needed to ensure patient are not just living, but living well. 

In 2016, an estimated 1,480 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and an estimated 1,040 Australian women dying from it. 

Ovarian cancer is estimated to be the 6th most common cause of death from cancer and has one of the lowest five-year survival rates for gynaecological cancer in Australia. 

Source: Cancer Australia

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