Chemmart pharmacies across Australia joined forces last month to raise awareness – and $50,000 – for a cause that has grown close to their hearts over the past decade.
More than 270 Chemmart stores once again threw their support behind Ovarian Cancer Australia as part of its national awareness month, selling teal ribbons and pens and hosting various fundraising events.
Since 2005, Chemmart has raised more than $1 million to support Ovarian Cancer Australia’s vital work.
Chemmart Executive Director Duncan Phillips says Chemmart is proud of the decade-long charity partnership.
“Ovarian Cancer Australia exists not only to raise awareness and save women’s lives, but also to support those diagnosed and be a voice for ovarian cancer survivors,” he says.
“We’re very pleased to support them and have great admiration for the work they do in communities around the country.”
This year Chemmart pharmacists also distributed free symptom diaries to help women recognise and track their symptoms.
“As well as raising funds our pharmacists used the month to focus on educating their customers about the symptoms of ovarian cancer, which can be quite difficult to detect,” Phillips says.
“Making sure women are aware of what to look out for is extremely important because if the disease is diagnosed early, up to 80% of women will be alive and well after five years.”
Chemmart pharmacists Carolyn Wynen and Tim Siv made a special appearance on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise to help raise awareness, participating in a bake-off with ovarian cancer survivors, their supporters and celebrity chefs Luke Mangan and Karen Martini, and presenting Ovarian Cancer Australia with a cheque for $50,000.
The four main symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- abdominal or pelvic pain;
- increased abdominal size or persistent bloating;
- needing to urinate often or urgently; and
- difficulty eating or feeling full quickly.