In an amazing result for Women in drinks' charity partner, ANZGOG, our members have already raised more than $30,000 for gynaecological cancer research this year.
ANZGOG 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.
"I’m thrilled with the success of our fundraising partnership with ANZGOG - the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to gynaecological cancer research," said WID Chair Jennifer Collins. "ANGOG has been bold for change in its approach with the Save The Box campaign and is a great partner for Women in drinks.
"Gynacological cancer doesn’t just affect the women afflicted with it; they are daughters of fathers, partners of men, sisters of brothers and mothers of sons. We had an initial target of raising $50,000 over three years and, given we’ve hit $30,000 in our first year, we’re doubling our ambitions with a goal of $100,000 in donations by 2020."
The money has been raised via the donation of part of every ticket price to WID events, including the International Women's Day lunch, a raffle at IWD that raised $7500, and a fundraising initiative at the Australian drinks Awards that raised almost $11,000 in a single night.
Women in drinks also ran a competition among the women in drinks councillors and the drinks association directors to see who could raise the most funds for Save The Box, which involved carrying a Save the Box Money Box everywhere they went for seven days - work, exercising, shopping, bike riding, to the movies or out for dinner… everywhere! Councillors and directors then asked family, friends and colleagues to sponsor them to help reach their fundraising target.
WID councillor Judy Massoud (above) came out on top after raising $1757.20, which is enough to put one woman into a clinical trial, potentially saving her life. Judy was rewarded for her efforts with a Mumm Jeroboam at the drinks association's Chairman's Drinks last week.
"I’d like to thank Jeff McKenzie and Val Catterini of Pernod Ricard Australia for their kind donation of the Mumm Jeroboam – a fitting way to acknowledge the fantastic effort of Judy in raising funds for this important cause," Collins said.
Pictured (main): Women in drinks Chair Jennifer Collins with councillors Madelyn Ring and Sally Byrne.