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Moulin Rouge Chook to raise funds for Awareness Campaign

To assist us with our 2017 IGAD campaign, Alistair Beveridge, has donated his artwork, “Moulin Rouge Chook”.  Prints are now for sale to help with the Gynaecological and Sexual Health awareness campaigns.

Alistair is the genuine Aussie battler, very grounded, no artifice and what you see is what you get.  He’s a rare breath of fresh air. We first met Alistair recently when Tony, my sister Helen, Aileen Hooper (an artist herself) and myself attended the Albany Markets.

We were attracted to Alistair’s display table as people were flocking around his Chook Art display so we wanted to see what all the fuss was about. One particular picture caught my eye with a chook proudly standing there with her chest out, wearing stiletto heels and a bright red crest on the chooks head. Aileen was more than excited and suggested Alistair design a Moulin Rouge Chook for Kath’s vision of the International Gynaecological Awareness Day 10 September campaign. Hence the Moulin Rouge Chook was invented.

He suffered a major illness and in 2012 he retired to a country cottage to rest and recuperate.  His constant companions were a batch of hens and he found the soft clucking cackling was very soothing but he became totally fascinated by their behaviour.

Thus was born the “Chook Man” and he’s been drawing chooks at their best (and worst) ever since.

Alistair now lives in Albany Western Australia and displays his works and drawings on site at the Albany Boat Shed Markets every Sunday morning.  His drawings bring a smile to your face and if you want something a little bit special he’ll happily do a drawing for you. Alistair has undertaken a special order to produce a Moulin Rouge hen for Tony and Kath Mazzella’s  International Gynaecological Health Awareness campaign which is only available to purchase through “The Squeaky Clean Gallery”.

Kath was recently interviewed with Fred Mafrica on The Couch TV recently where the chook picture which created many  chuckles from the film crew and Fred himself. It is amazing the great reactions I am receiving to help break down the barriers and stigmas with Gynaecological, Sexual and Related Mental Health issues.

 

 

Aileen’s interest in art started as a small child, when she used to spend many an hour gazing at the paintings in her Grandparents home. But, it wasn’t until her early twenties that she sought lessons on oil painting and was fortunate enough to receive tutoring from 2 very talented artists, in Melbourne and Perth.

Aileen was a proliferate artist through the 70’s and 80’s, but stopped painting when her youngest son decided she needed some help and painted black trees across 30 odd paintings that were ready for an exhibition. He was 3 years old at the time and Aileen did not paint for a further 35 years, and has only recently taken up the craft again.

Aileen has now transitioned across to acrylics and describes this as her inner child escaping. You will understand this sentiment when you see the differences between her oil and acrylic paintings.

Aileen’s paintings all have an interesting story behind them and she shares this with you.

Soroptomist International Bunbury Celebrates IGAD 2017

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We are so excited that Soroptimist International Bunbury will be hosting an International Gynaecological Awareness Day (IGAD) event in August, 2017.

Kath presents at Methodist Ladies College

It was with great excitement and a little bit of trepidation, that I approached the opportunity to present to 100 15 year old girls on the subject of Sexual Health.

Even though I am a Life Member of the WA Sexology Association, presenting to 15 year old girls is a completely different concept.

To my surprise and delight, I got great feedback and the girl’s expressed an interest in knowing more about my life experience. Sadly, time did not prevail.

I was green with envy to know that these 15 year old girls were given the opportunity to have this up front knowledge about the emotional and physical effects and how empowered they must be to go out into the wide world.

If only we could be more open in society for all women to be forewarned about risks and symptoms and life changing issues that may develop in their future life.

 

Regional Voices Gynaecological Awareness interview

Great to be able to share my message to the Rural Community on Regional Voices radio:  https://regionalvoices.podbean.com/e/survivor-of-gynecological-cancer/

I come from a stock of tough good women

     

     

After meeting with my (90 year old) Aunty Jean Tillett yesterday I only now discovered that Jean (bottom left of picture)/my other Aunty Iris Hinchcliffe (top right hand corner) both played football in Kalgoorlie 1944. I had absolutely nooo idea that these refined women I knew all my life would even play football. Not once was it mentioned. It has taken me aback to take a closer look at their lives and how they have impacted in my own life and why I keep on keeping in with my Gynaecological Health campaign.

Sadly Mum is slowly fading away with dementia and Jean still has a sharp mind however I feel Jean is missing the life they used to have. Mum was a great pianist and Jean and their other sister Billy were singers and would always be entertaining at concerts with the war songs and song learnt from their father who was a violinist. So music was always part of their lives. Jean lives on her on and soo misses the life she once had. Determined to stay in her house by herself she is lonely, going blind and deaf. One wonders how one would cope with these things at that age. I rang to try to get some help for anyone to go and even sing a song and a cup of tea.  I feel it would be great to hear a 90 yo woman speak of her time back then playing football given that women’s football is now getting some wonderful attention.

Mum raised us 5 girls on her own after Dad came back from the war with mental issues. When I look back I wonder how on earth Mum survived.

Now I begin to understand where my determination, persistence, perseverance and spirit has come from.

 

She will grow up in a Viva La Vulva generation

I just had to share this comment received recently with pride:

“I don’t have any children of my own but I have a niece who is almost two and I want to support her development as she grows to understand her body. At the moment we use the word ‘fla fla’ because it’s easier for her to pronounce, but as her speech develops more, fla fla will turn into vulva. She will grow up in a viva la vulva generation. I could honestly never express my gratitude enough to Kath. Because of her, this little girl will be growing up gynae-aware.”

A voice for women with Gynaecological health issues

As a Gynaecological cancer survivor it soon opened up my mind to the millions of women with Gynaecological, sexual and related mental health issues in the world. The suffering in silence is huge. One needs to question why this is so in this day and age. I placed an advertisement in a woman’s magazine years ago and was amazed at how women just “put up” with issues below the belt. Mostly because they were either afraid or embarrassed. Through my initiative of the International Gynaecological Awareness Day 10 September campaign. I aim to create a voice for these women and to forewarn unsuspecting women of risks and symptoms. I don’t promote this as a health professional however whilst I see very little gynaecological health education in the global community I will never sit quietly and suffer in silence like I have seen many women do.  I appeal to you to support the campaign and celebrate the day in which ever way you can. Even if it is at your breakfast table, think of the women who have gone before us and the women who still endure GYN health issues without a voice.  #undiesforbetterunderstanding and quilting campaign.