27 January, 2020

WID fundraiser puts 15 women on cancer trials

WID fundraiser puts 15 women on cancer trials

Women in Drinks was proud to have raised more than $22,000 towards ANZGOG clinical trials to fight gynaecological cancers at its recent International Women's Day event.

ANZGOG - the Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group - is the national peak organisation for gynaecological cancer clinical trials in Australia and New Zealand.

WID had a three-year target to raise $50,000 for the organisation, but has already surpassed the figure a little more than a year after beginning the partnership.

"This year was the second year ANZGOG was supported at the Women in Drinks International Women's Day Luncheon and what an event it was!" said Julijana Trifunovic (below, with Turia Pit), Project Manager Campaigns and Events at ANZGOG. "The ANZGOG team were honoured to be in the room with so many women and men from The Drinks Association and to be the representative charity. The atmosphere was truly uplifting and inspiring and special guest Turia Pitt let us all know, giving up, is not an option!

"With more than $22000 raised on the day, this significant contribution will enable us to place 15 women on a gynaecological cancer clinical trial this year. The on-going support and awareness raising about gynaecological cancer and ANZGOG at a such pinnacle event, will ensure improvements and positive change in treatments for women with a gynaecological cancer in the not so distant future. Our partnership will make change. It is already making change. Together we will do this." 

More than 500 guests - including 38% male attendees - were on hand from Australia's major drinks companies and retailers for the fifth annual event.

Keynote speaker Turia Pitt made her first public appearance since giving birth to her first child late last year, sharing her intensely personal story of resilience in the face of extreme adversity.

The theme for 2018 International Women's Day was #pressforprogress, with the Women in Drinks event including a panel discussion on the quest for gender equality in business focusing on why ‘trying’ is no longer good enough.

Panellists were Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons, Managing Director of the Australian Gender Equality Council (AGEC), Head of Research at the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Director of the Centre for Research into Gender Equality in the Workplace within the Business, Economics and Law Faculty of the University of Queensland; Troy Roderick (above), Executive Ambassador for Catalyst, a global not-for-profit that helps businesses build workplaces that support gender equality; and Ilana Atlas, Chair of Coca-Cola Amatil.

Take a look at some of the highlights from the day below: