FACT: ‘Five women die every day from gynaecological cancer in Australia’
Over ten days from 17 to 26 September 2021, the ‘Honour Her’ online auction will feature over 30 artists, including Archibald and art prize finalists such as Kathrin Longhurst, Loribelle Spirovski, Kirsty Neilson, Maggi McDonald, Jasmine Mansbridge, Belinda Street, and Dina Broadhurst – with 50% of the proceeds going towards direct funding for important pioneering gynaecological cancer research through the not-for-profit WomenCan organisation and the other 50% of sales will go to the artists for their contribution.
Running alongside the online auction until 20 September, the ‘Honour Her’ virtual gallery showcases various one-of-a-kind collectable artworks by established, community, and emerging artists. These works are available for purchase at the set price of just $150. All proceeds from the exhibition go towards funding state-of-the-art research into the causes, prevention and treatments of all gynaecological cancers.
To purchase an artwork that will make a real difference to the lives of 18,000 women living with gynaecological cancer, visit www.honourher.org.au.
WomenCan’s Head of Fundraising and Development, Karen Livingstone AM, states:
‘We urgently need additional funding for gynaecological cancer research, but this campaign goes far beyond simple fundraising – it is also an initiative to open and continue conversations about these cancers and create a better understanding of women’s experiences.’
‘Honour Her’ is also an opportunity for some of the participating artists to honour loved ones such as award-winning Sydney artist Pamela Honeyfield who is honouring her mother’s best friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, and established Melbourne-based artist Jason Roberts who is honouring his aunt who passed away from cervical cancer.
‘More funding is urgently needed to develop treatments that will help women affected by all gynaecological cancers to live better, longer lives. ‘Honour Her’ hopes to highlight the courage and determination of women living with gynaecological cancers, and the hope and innovation offered by ongoing, cutting-edge research and clinical trials,’ he explains.
The Gynaecological Cancer facts:
– Gynaecological cancers are cancers of the female reproductive system. There are seven types: ovarian (fallopian), uterine (endometrial), vulval, vaginal, cervical and two rare pregnancy related cancers.
– Out of these seven gynaecological cancers, there is currently only a screening test or vaccine available for one; cervical cancer.
– This year, 6,500 Australian women will be diagnosed with gynaecological cancer.
– Five women die every day in Australia from gynaecological cancer.
– While 91% of women survive breast cancer five years after diagnosis, this number drops to 46% for women with ovarian cancer.