Ovarian Cancer Australia Ambassadors actor Gary Sweet, rugby league star Cameron Smith, and celebrity Chef Karen Martini have helped launch Chemmart’s MANicure campaign to raise funds for ovarian cancer during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this February.
MANicure is a symbolic campaign demonstrating that ovarian cancer is not just a women’s disease. It encourages Australian men and women to paint their nails teal – the international colour for ovarian cancer – in a bid to show their support for the women and their families living with the disease.
The MANicure launch, which took place at Queensbridge Square in Melbourne on Sunday 1st Feb, provided passers-by with the opportunity to have their nails painted teal for a gold coin donation.
All OCA Ambassadors were sporting a teal MANicure at the launch with Gary Sweet even trying his hand at painting nails.
“I would love to see teal nail polish on all men and women during the month of February so I am calling on all my mates to take up the challenge and get real for teal with a teal manicure like I have done!” says Sweet.
MANicure is an extension of the ‘Colour for a Cause’ campaign launched by Chemmart last year.
Limited edition ‘Colour for a Cause’ teal nail polish packs are again available for purchase in all Chemmart Pharmacies nationally and online for $6.99 during the month of February, with all proceeds going towards OCA’s lifesaving work. Selected Chemmart Pharmacies are offering in-store manicures for a gold coin donation.
A key partner of OCA since its inception 14 years ago, the Chemmart team says it is thrilled to be raising much needed funds for OCA to enable the delivery of their awareness, support, advocacy and research programs.
“We are excited to be driving this very meaningful and colourful initiative, and we hope Australians come out in force during February wearing their teal nail polish in support of women living with ovarian cancer and their families,” says Carolyn Wynen, Casey Central Chemmart Pharmacist.
“We are proud to again be able to play a part in taking a stand against ovarian cancer and ensuring that no woman with ovarian cancer walks alone.”
1400 Australian women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year and over 1000 will die of the disease. Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. Only 43% of women with ovarian cancer will still be alive five years after the day they are diagnosed. In comparison, the overall five year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is 89%.