ON Friday night there was a women’s buy/swap/sell evening at Club Narooma to support The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers’ benefiting The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA.
The event was organised by Alexia Byard, Orit Karny-Winters, Gilly Kearney and Judith Cox to help Alexia Byard take part in ‘The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers’’ two day, 60km walk through the neighbourhoods of Sydney on the weekend of November 9 and 10.
Women were invited to bring along clothes, shoes or bags in good order and repair to swap or sell. A $10 entry fee plus 10 per cent of the goods that were sold were donated to the cause.
Cancer survivor Alexia Byard who is going to participate in the 60km walk spoke to the women about her fight against breast cancer. Alexia told the women that her symptom wasn’t a lump but a bleeding nipple, and if she hadn’t sought immediate medical advice the outcome may have been very different.
“If you are concerned with any part of your body… have it checked out,” she said.
Alexia urged the women to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and cut down on alcohol.
“Live healthy and love life,” Alexia said.
Alexia said that she had raised $2900.60.
Rural Fire Service volunteer, Gilly Kearney, also a cancer survivor spoke to the women there saying that the clothes swap was a great idea not only as a fundraiser for women’s cancer but as a way of keeping the environment alive by sharing resources.
“It takes all the water from one fire truck to grow enough cotton to make one T-shirt,” she said.
Orit Karney-Winters thanked everyone for supporting the evening and especially thanked Club Narooma for their support and for providing all the food on the night.
The night raised a further $1,001.15 towards the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers’ benefiting the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse at RPA.