For the second year running, Dalby mother Edwina McVeigh has opened her home to around 60 friends, relatives and local ladies to raise money and awareness for ovarian cancer. The afternoon tea, held on Saturday raised over $3,700 as part of Ovarian Cancer Australia’s awareness month.

Four women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Australia every day and the disease is close on Edwina’s radar after losing her mum to the cancer. “This is an organisation close to my heart as my own mother Dianne passed away from ovarian cancer when she was 56 years old. This particular disease has the highest mortality rate for female cancers, so awareness is crucial. Knowledge is power,” she said.

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“Following on from the success of last year’s morning tea I hosted, I decided to go bigger and to do my bit to help and in honour of my mum, I hosted an afternoon of drinks and chatter plus some education and fundraising for the ladies. There were stalls, a raffle and an educational speech.”

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Throughout February, Ovarian Cancer Australia hosts a range of activities and events to highlight the symptoms of ovarian cancer, honour those women who have died from the disease, and to raise funds for programs which culminates with Teal Ribbon Day on Wednesday, 25 February. Edwina would like to thank everyone for attending the afternoon and assisting in raising vital funds along with the local businesses in Dalby who supported the fundraiser by donating to the raffle.

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“Thank you for throwing your support behind this cause. I’m thrilled with the amount we raised as its all going to a great cause. I’m hoping to go bigger again next year.” Mrs McVeigh said. If you would like to make a donation to Ovarian Cancer Australia you can do so through their website ovariancancer.net.au

Words and photos by Chelsea Wyatt