Fundraising gets real for teal appeal at Coles Mount Isa

TEAL STAFF: Kimberly Smith, Suzanne Shield, Aaron Jeffery, Jacob Goodwin, Brad Peel, Lesley Horton, Michelle McGregor, Joanne Toll, Daine Reid and Mikko Finnila are happy to raise awareness for Ovarian cancer. Photo: Melissa North
TEAL STAFF: Kimberly Smith, Suzanne Shield, Aaron Jeffery, Jacob Goodwin, Brad Peel, Lesley Horton, Michelle McGregor, Joanne Toll, Daine Reid and Mikko Finnila are happy to raise awareness for Ovarian cancer. Photo: Melissa North

Team members at Coles Mount Isa will dress up in teal this Thursday to increase awareness and help raise funds for ovarian cancer, a disease which is expected to affect 1,600 Australian women this year.

In partnership with Ovarian Cancer Australia, Mount Isa shoppers can also support the cause at Coles throughout February by purchasing a $3 teal ribbon, or by simply placing a donation in the tins provided at the checkout.

Shoppers are also encouraged to get together to host an Afternoon Teal event to raise funds.

Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer. 

Each day in Australia four women are diagnosed, and each day three women die from the disease.

Ovarian Cancer Australia CEO, Jane Hill emphasised the need to raise funds to enable increased awareness, support, advocacy and research.

“If diagnosed in its early stages, women have an 80 percent chance of survival after five years,” Ms Hill said

“Unfortunately, 75 percent of women are diagnosed at an advanced stage where the cancer has spread and it is difficult to treat successfully.

“This is why it is important for women to know and recognise the symptoms of ovarian cancer, which most commonly include abdominal or pelvic pain, increased abdominal size or persistent bloating, the need to urinate often or urgently, or feeling full after eating a small amount,” she said.

Coles State General Manager Jerry Farrell said Coles was delighted to support Ovarian Cancer Australia for the third year.

“It’s fantastic to see our team members donning teal, and going above and beyond to help raise funds and awareness for Ovarian Cancer Australia,” Mr Farrell said.

“Team members have made a tremendous effort to support the cause over the past three years, and we hope this year will be even bigger and better with the help of generous customers.”