Federal Member for Fraser Andrew Leigh MP and Chief Minister Katy Gallagher joined 21 men in little black tutus at Parliament House today ahead of a 1000 kilometre charity ride from Canberra to Melbourne.
The Ride for the Little Black Dress – an initiative of bowel cancer awareness charity The Jodi Lee Foundation – is a six-day ride throughout some of the most spectacular and toughest terrain across New South Wales and Victoria, including the Snowy Mountains.
Ride for the Little Black Dress organiser Andrew Poole said the ride aims to raise awareness and funds for important initiatives such as a corporate screening program and research fellowship.
“There is little awareness of bowel cancer and the high impact it has on Australian lives. The ride is a unique way build awareness and raise money, while having some fun along the way.
“It was a great honour to have Katy Gallagher and Andrew Leigh show their support at the start line,” Andrew Poole said.
Bowel cancer affects one in 12 Australians and is the second largest cause of cancer death in Australia. The Foundation advocates bowel cancer screening takes place annually from age 40 as 90 per cent of cases detected early can be cured.
ABOUT THE JODI LEE FOUNDATION
The Jodi Lee Foundation was established in 2010 after Nick Lee lost his wife Jodi to bowel cancer at age 41. The Foundation hopes to significantly reduce the prevalence of bowel cancer death among Australians by encouraging people to screen annually from age 40. Money raised by The Jodi Lee Foundation will be used to develop community awareness about bowel cancer and the importance of regular screening; promote the corporate bowel cancer screening program to encourage the screening of employees from age 40; and create an online questionnaire to help people self-assess their risk of developing bowel cancer based on family history. For more information visit www.jodileefoundation.org.au.
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