Each day in Australia, 12 women are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer. Four of these women will not survive.
Despite the alarming statistics, gynaecological cancer research receives very little government funding and limited community attention.
Which is why Balance Body Coach and five time Olympian Natalie Cook joined forces with the Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation in 2012 to create a fundraising event with a difference.
In January 2012 the inaugural Battle Against Ovarian Cancer event was hosted at the Sandstorm Beach Club, Mt Gravatt in Queensland.
The event enjoyed overwhelming community support, with 40 enthusiastic teams involving surgeons, patients, teachers, accountants, pathologists, lawyers and children participating in a full day of beach volleyball and fundraising.
Fast forward 12 months and add 40 new teams, and this year the Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation beach volleyball tournament on the 3 February 2013 is a sell out event and Natalie Cook is busy preparing her personal volleyball court for the event of the year.
“We’ve got eight courts, which means 16 teams or 80 people on the courts at any one time,” Natalie said.
“Each team pays $550 entry fee and we have a maximum capacity of 80 teams – we’re still two weeks from the event and it’s completely sold out which is fantastic.”
The 2013 Battle Against Ovarian Cancer is expected to raise over $100,000 this year, and will provide vital funding for world-leading gynaecological cancer research being conducted in Brisbane, Australia.
Local celebrities will be in attendance and the day includes a celebrity challenge between the Firebirds and the Fogs Queensland.
The event also coincides with the start of the inaugural Ovarian Cancer Month.
For more information, to sponsor a team or donate to Ovarian Cancer Research visit http://battleagainstovariancancer.org