Every year the India Australia Business and Community Awards support a charity and give back to the community. In 2014 it was White Ribbon, in 2015 it was Alzheimer’s Australia and this year they have announced their charity partner as the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The awards ceremony is privileged to have Tracey Spicer, Ambassador of the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Celebrity Television, Radio, News and Online Journalist provide a charity address at the Four Points Sheraton on Friday 28 October at the black tie gala.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer.
I am delighted to represent the National Breast Cancer Foundation and thrilled that the Foundation has been selected as the charity partner for the 2016 India Australia Business and Community Awards. During my involvement with NBCF, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some incredible initiatives, including the Shades of Pink documentary, which told the stories of five very different individuals and their experiences with breast cancer – and, importantly, the impact research conducted right here in Australia is having on people’s lives. Many people assume that because breast cancer gets quite a bit of attention, it’s a disease that doesn’t require more effort. And it’s true that there is more people living after a diagnosis of breast cancer than ever before – since NBCF was established in 1994, five-year survival rates have improved from 76% to 90%. However, once breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body, the chance of being alive five years after being diagnosed drops to around 22%. One in eight Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Eight women are expected to die every day in 2016 from breast cancer – more than 15,000 in a year. It’s only through robust, world-class, highly targeted research that we can reduce the number of deaths and give more of us – mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, wives, friends and colleagues – the best chance at life free from the fear of being diagnosed with, or dying from, breast cancer. NBCF’s role in this process is crucial. Since 1994, more than $127 million has been awarded to around 430 Australian research projects aimed at changing the lives, and outcomes, for women (and men) diagnosed with breast cancer. ALL of this money has been raised entirely by the Australian public – individuals, community groups and corporate partners; NBCF receives no government funding. I thank everyone involved with the India Australia Business and Community Awards for your support of NBCF, and the life changing research the organisation funds. I look forward to seeing you at the Awards.”
Tracey Spicer, Television, Radio, News and Online Journalist.