Kate Carlyle's true colours shine pink
Journalist-turned-fashion designer Kate Carlyle is calling on her fellow Queenslanders to show their true colours this October by supporting Cancer Council Queensland’s Pink Ribbon Day (Monday, October 22).
The breast cancer survivor has teamed up with Cancer Council Queensland as its Pink Ribbon Day ambassador to raise awareness of breast cancer and funds in support of the many thousands of Queensland women affected by the disease.
This year more than 2700 Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 480 women will tragically lose their lives to this terrible disease.
“Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day is a chance for you to get your family, friends and colleagues together and help turn Queensland pink in support of all women battling breast cancer - our mothers, grandmothers sisters and girlfriends,” Ms Carlyle said.
“As a breast cancer patient, I know how your support this Pink Ribbon Day can help Cancer Council invest in vital breast cancer research, education programs and support services to help patients and families just like mine.
“When I was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, I was told that at 31 I was too young. I wish that were true.
“Pink Ribbon Day has always been important to me, but after a second diagnosis in January this year, a total of eight surgeries and too many chemo and radiotherapy sessions to count, it means more to me than ever.”
In 2012, Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day aims to raise $1.1 million across Queensland and $5.2 million nationally.
Funds raised from Pink Ribbon Day go to vital breast cancer research, prevention and early detection programs, plus patient support services such as the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20).
“Early detection saved my life the first time around, and now advances in cancer research are helping me to beat cancer again,” Ms Carlyle said.
“I am living proof that every dollar counts - this is why I am proud to support Cancer Council’s Pink Ribbon Day.
“This October, I ask you to show your true colours and help turn Queensland pink in support of the thousands of women affected by breast cancer.
“I also urge you and your mothers, grandmothers, daughters and girlfriends to be body aware this October by visiting your GP if you notice any changes in your breasts or elsewhere in your body.
“It is easy to get involved and show how much you (heart) pink this October.”
To show your true colours this Pink Ribbon Day, why not:
ORDER Pink Ribbon Day merchandise to sell to friends, family or colleagues.
BUY Pink Ribbon Day merchandise from any of our national supporting outlets or on the day itself.
REGISTER to volunteer on Pink Ribbon Day by selling merchandise or assisting with event administration.
HOLD a Pink Ribbon Fundraiser at work or school. It can be as simple or creative as you like.
“Whether you volunteer, wear pink or sell pink supporter items at work, whatever you do, you’ll be helping to make a difference to the lives of the one in eight Queensland women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime,” Ms Carlyle said.
For more information, photo or interview opportunities, contact:
Cancer Council Queensland Media Advisor Jasmine Ward on (07) 3634 5280 or 0428 580 363.