Women in drinks isn’t the only industry supporter of Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG).
While ANZGOG was recently announced as WID’s charity partner for 2017, Brown-Forman’s resource group GROW (Growing Remarkable and Outstanding Women) has been a long-time fundraiser for the organisation.
GROW is dedicated to providing tools, education, and a clear perspective for women as they work to achieve their desired potential within Brown-Forman. Through skill building, mentoring, and information sharing workshops, GROW leverages opportunities to showcase Brown-Forman as a desirable place for women to work.
“ANZGOG improves the outcomes and quality of life for women with gynecological cancers and we felt this was a perfect fit for GROW,” says Shelly Silberman, Commercial Insights Manager, Brown-Forman Australia. “We considered a wide range of organisations to support and put the decision in the hands of all of our employees. The vote was overwhelmingly in support of ANZGOG from women and men across our business.When the GROW team unanimously voted ANZGOG our charity of choice back in 2012, we held a golf day engaging our sales team, customers and suppliers, raising $15,000 in one day ... mostly blokes opening their wallets and hearts for the women in their lives.”
GROW has supported ANZGOG for the past five years and raised more than $41,000 for the organisation. Fundraising initiatives have included colour runs, ANZGOG’s GO Step for Gynae campaign and Comedy for Cancer Downunder.
Leading female staff members also participate in ANZGOG’s Women of the Roundtable and many volunteer at major events.
“Recently we supported the Save the Box campaign, where our team participated in the installation of boxes in Martin Place,” says Shelly. “Each of the 1750 boxes represented a woman who had died of a gynaecological cancer within the last year. The fact that $1500 puts a woman with a gynae cancer on a clinical trial for a year is very tangible for our employees. We challenge ourselves at each event to see how many women we can put on a trial. It’s very satisfying and rewarding.”
According to ANZGOG’s Julijana Trifunovic the partnership is very important to ANZGOG and the members. “We are very thankful for their commitment and interest in helping women with a gynaecological cancer. ANZGOG also provide a presentation to the staff annually about gynaecological cancer and the research they are doing.”