It would be great if you could join in the fun and meet up after the rally at Ravenswood Hotel Saturday 9 September to help support the Gynaecological Awareness Day.
Below is article appearing in March edition of Partline to online magazine for National Rural Health Alliance.
It is hoped that this will reach far and wide to rural communities. It would be great for all to encourage their networks to celebrate the Gynae Awareness day in their corner of the world.
Link to Kaths article:
International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD) brings communities together and raises awareness of a serious topic through an element of fun. Download the IGAD kit at https://www.kathmazzella.com/category/international-gyn-awareness-day/ to help you organise an ‘Undies for Better Understanding’ event in your local area, encouraging women to speak out.
After my radical gynaecological cancer treatment, I soon realised millions of women, including country women, have gynaecological health issues but do not have a voice. I set out as an advocate for greater recognition of gynaecological and related mental health needs. These issues are poorly understood by many professionals, the community and women’s groups. We need to improve the knowledge and attitudes of the community at large with greater education and, most of all, support women and men standing alongside their women: wives, partners, mothers, sisters, daughters, work colleagues.
The Perth Modern Quilters created a quilt to assist me to help break down barriers and stigmas. When showing the quilt to the Country Women’s Association, Western Australia I was invited as a guest speaker at their 90th conference. This led to doing many country presentations and undies workshops. There is much laughter during these workshops as they allow women to sit around with each other, share their stories and have great conversations while making their undies. It helps them to be able to converse more openly next time they approach their health practitioners and to create greater dialogue between mothers and daughters and lessen the stigmas that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
I was born in Kalgoorlie, WA. I founded the Gynaecological Awareness Information Network Inc. www.gain.org.au in 2001. As a health consumer, a survivor and a thriver I am seeking support and action for International Gynaecological Awareness Day.
It was fantastic to watch this video and the concept of Maki Agrawal to make her difference in the world for women. I have written to her to seek collaboration with the Gynaecological Awareness Day. How exciting it would be if we could bring this together. Wish me luck
Here are the pics from our event at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Was a great time of solidarity. Thanks to all those that made the journey to the hospital. Your support was greatly appreciated.
Hoping to have an even bigger event in 2013.
More to come soon…
In acknowledgement of International GYNae Awareness Day, BreaCan and Ovarian Cancer Australia invite all women who have been diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer to a session to explore how we connect with music. Participants are welcome to bring a female friend in acknowledgement of this special day.
For more details contact: Breacan
The Deck Marina Bar and Restaurant in association with Women Supporting Women Network are proud to announce a week of fundraising for GAIN. GAIN (Gynaecological Awareness Information Network) is a not for profit organisation driving awareness and education on gynaecological health matter. It’s founder, Kath Mazzella (Order of Australia recipient) has endured the trauma of being diagnosed with, and treated extensively, for a gynaecological cancer – vulval cancer. Kath established GAIN Inc in Perth, Western Australia, in February 2001, when she sought a support network for women who had endured the similar trauma of a gynaecological cancer, and found none. Many women afflicted with gynaecological conditions feel alienated and isolated. They often suffer in silence and lack the courage to share their anguish.
The Downunder Fundraising week starts On Monday 31st October and will finish on Sunday 7th November. Several events will be held at The Deck Marina Bar and Restaurant and fundraising tins will be on display in the bar all week for coin donation as well as several prominent business’s in town. So come if you want to have some fun at the following events and support GAIN. You have nothing to lose and everything to GAIN!
Starting with, Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 1st November. Join the fun and excitement of Race Day at The Deck Marina Bar and Restaurant. The price of a Melbourne Cup ticket is $69 for Deck Club members and $79 for non-members. There are limited seats available and tickets will be sold on a first in first served basis. The price of a ticket will include a glass of beautiful Spanish sparkling donated by McWilliams Wines or a middy of icy cold beer on arrival, a delicious three course lunch, viewing of the latest beautiful fashion paraded and organised by Hobs, dancing to the live entertainment by The Mike Goodwin Band, and a chance to win a lucky door prize and/or prize for the best dressed. Sweep tickets and Raffle tickets available on the day. Melbourne Cup race will be shown live on four TV screens throughout the venue. $2.00 of every Melbourne Cup ticket will be donated to GAIN as well as all monies raised by the raffle.
Saturday 5th November is the Downunder Celebration Cocktail Party organised by Women Supporting Women Network. Guest speakers include, Kath Mazzella OAM, Anne McKay from South West Women’s Health, Gynaecologist Dr Ron Jewells and entertainment by the delightful and talented band Smooth Operators. Tickets to this not to be missed celebration party will go on sale Monday 5th September. The price of a ticket is $39.00 and will include a glass of beautiful Spanish sparkling by McWilliams Wines or a middy of ice cold beer on arrival, cold and hot canapés, and entertainment for the entire evening.
Raffle tickets will be sold on the evening for some wonderful prizes. $2.00 of every Downunder Celebration Cocktail Party ticket will be donated to GAIN as well as all monies raised by the raffle.
If you miss the above two ticketed events, The Deck Marina Bar and Restaurant will still run with the monthly Casablanca Dance Party for the over 30’s on Friday 4th November at 8:00pm and live rock entertainment on the sun-deck, Sunday 6th November with Emmet. Donations for GAIN will still be collected on these two days.
For more information on the above please contact Dale Ivanovic on 0419167709 or (08) 97512960.