More than 400 guests from the Dalby community have taken part in a night of sophistication and cocktails to raise vital funds for Ovarian Cancer research. The Cocktails for a Cure Winter Gala event took place on Saturday 8 June at the historical Jimbour House, with patrons dressing glamorously for the black-tie and gown affair.

Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh hosted the event, with remarks from event founder Edwina McVeigh and Mater Foundation Professor John Hooper, discussing themes of community, awareness and action. Edwina lost her mother Dianne to Ovarian Cancer in 2008 and has since taken an active role in her community to help raise awareness and funds in support of research for Ovarian Cancer. Her endeavours have led to her raising a total of $121,000, with Edwina having a strong emphasis on recognising the early signs of this debilitating illness. “It’s important for all women to get to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer and to take action; anyone with symptoms should be referred to a specialist as quickly as possible,” she said.

Mater Research Professor John Hooper discussed the impact of the Foundation’s work and the importance of fundraisers such as this one. “The Cocktails for a Cure fundraiser has made a remarkable difference supporting ovarian cancer research. The fantastic results from last year’s fundraiser reflect how a collaborative effort from individuals, businesses and the community is essential to drive scientific advances and get us closer to a screening tool and better treatments”.

The generosity from sponsors and the business community provided a notable line up of auction and raffle prizes which were well supported on the night with funds raised hoping to reach more than $25,000 for the Mater Foundation in support of ovarian cancer research.

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