‘Immense pride’ over pharmacy efforts

Duncan Phillips, Jane Hill and Martin Foley
Duncan Phillips, Jane Hill and Martin Foley

TerryWhite Chemmart is this year celebrating 15 years of supporting women with ovarian cancer

The banner group is a key charity partner of Ovarian Cancer Australia, and has raised more than $1.5 million through various fundraising activities across its network of pharmacies over this period.

With this support, Ovarian Cancer Australia is now closer than it has ever been to improving treatment for the nation’s deadliest female cancer, the two organisations say.

Ovarian cancer is the deadliest yet most underfunded female cancer in Australia. Currently only 46% of women diagnosed will survive past five years.

However, according to Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA) CEO Jane Hill, 2021 is the year of hope as researchers believe they’ve never been closer to a breakthrough.

“We need more evidence and more resources to improve the lives of the women with this horrific cancer and we’ve made enormous progress over the last few years with thanks to our generous supporters like TerryWhite Chemmart,” said Ms Hill.

“Our advocacy efforts have resulted in the Federal Government awarding $35m for critical research projects in the past two years.

“The fact researchers are confident we’re closer to finding a cure for advanced disease than ever before truly fills us and the ovarian cancer community with real hope.”

Speaking with OCA staff at the annual Teal Ribbon Giving Day fundraising event yesterday, where every donation was tripled thanks to its key charity partners, TWC CEO, Duncan Phillips, said it gave him immense pride every year to see the fundraising efforts of the TWC network of pharmacies.

“There are many in our network who mark February’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month as one of the key events on their calendar,” he said.

“They are truly passionate crusaders for the cause Ovarian Cancer Australia themselves started 20-years ago and we are incredibly pleased to hear that our efforts are contributing to the significant progress being made around research,” said Mr Phillips.

This year, in further acknowledgement of their 15-year partnership, TerryWhite Chemmart have also committed to giving away 15,000 FREE Symptom Diaries to support women to better understand the signs and symptoms associated with ovarian cancer.

They have also committed to raising $150,000 across their network of pharmacies by the end of the year.

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