Dalby farmer, nurse and mother of two Edwina McVeigh is fighting to say goodbye to ovarian cancer, the silent killer that took her mother at the age of 56, for good with her charity event Cocktails for a Cure.
Held in historic and beautiful Jimbour House on Saturday February 27, Cocktails for a Cure is a night of champagne, live music from local band the Charlie Nolan Band, an auction, raffles, canapes, cocktails and guest presentation from Associate Professor John Hooper from the Mater Foundation, held to raise vital funds and important awareness for ovarian cancer.
McVeigh said that the lack of a screening tool to detect ovarian cancer promptly in Australia greatly contributed to the high mortality rate of the disease.
“By hosting events like these and raising much needed funds for institutes like the Mater Foundation, I hope a screening tool will be developed and made accessible to women to aid in an early detection,” McVeigh said. “Early detection is the key to fighting this disease.”
Ovarian cancer is a disease when some of the cells in one or both ovaries start to grow abnormally and develop into cancer. Symptoms include abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating, needing to urinate often or urgently, and feeling full after eating a small amount, all within a 4-week period.
McVeigh said that after hosting smaller events to raise awareness around ovarian cancer, she was inspired to take the concept to the grand stage of Dalby.
“After a great response to the small event I held last year, I decided to take it further and host a cocktail event open to the public, in the hope of increasing the fundraising and awareness,” McVeigh said. “We don’t have many cocktail functions in Dalby so it’s a great opportunity for locals to dress up and have a fun night out while raising much needed funds.”
Cocktails for a Cure will be held at Jimbour House on February 27, starting at 6:30pm. Tickets must be pre-purchased here, and is an 18+ event. Bus transportation is available and must be pre-booked by contacting McVeigh via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Words by Shannon Coward