Today is the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) White Shirt Day.
In February this year, my friend Angela wrote a post for my blog about her decision to have genetic testing to determine her risk of breast cancer. Not only is she at high risk of developing breast cancer in her lifetime (80-90%), the testing revealed she also has a 40-60% chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Angela will undergo a preventative double mastectomy in the near future, and she will also have surgery at some stage to remove her ovaries, as ovarian cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, and usually by the time it is found, the cancer is already at an advanced stage.
Witchery has a history of working with the OCRF. This year, they have launched the 2011 White Shirt Campaign.
"A key part of Witchery’s fundraising efforts is the White Shirt collection, a specially crafted capsule collection available in Witchery stores across Australia and New Zealand and online at witchery.com.au. Comprising of three shirts for men and seven shirts and a classic tote bag for women, 100 per cent of the gross proceeds from the sale of the capsule collection will go directly to the OCRF.
Witchery has also produced their signature Silver Gift collection to compliment the White Shirt collection, donating five dollars from the sale of each piece directly to the OCRF, making the collection a beautiful gift to share."
Funds raised will go towards advancing vital research into an early detection test for this insidious disease.
Some well-known ambassadors are involved, including supermodel Pania Rose (pictured above), Michael Klim, Former Miss Universe Australia Rachel Finch, Melbourne radio host, Jo Stanley and actor Gyton Grantley to name but a few. Some of the ambassadors will be making in-store appearances today.
So today, consider wearing a white shirt - with a touch of silver - or pop in to your local Witchery store (or jump online) and purchase a shirt to support this incredibly worthwhile cause.
My thoughts and prayers with all of those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Including Nikki over at Styling You.