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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 2 Hansard (24 February) . . Page.. 695..


MS HUNTER (continuing):

One of the things we know about ovarian cancer is that there is no reliable early detection test. This, unfortunately, is why the disease is not detected in many women until the later stages and it means that 75 per cent of women diagnosed in the advanced stages will not live beyond five years. Part of the work of Ovarian Cancer Australia is to try and get out there to raise awareness about the symptoms of the cancer in the hope that if women are vigilant around these symptoms they may go to their doctor for a check-up and detect this cancer in its early stages, thereby ensuring a better prognosis than awaits many women.

I thought it was important to acknowledge the day today and to acknowledge that February is Ovarian Cancer Australia's awareness month. Our thoughts are with the many families who are touched by this disease. It is important to support the wonderful work that is done by Ovarian Cancer Australia. It is important that, as members of the Assembly, we continue to support organisations such as this. In their letter they asked people to take a photo of themselves with their ribbons on and send it to their website. I know that the Greens will be taking a photo. I encourage other members to take a photo and send it to the website.

Raize the roof

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (9.21): On Saturday, 6 February I had the honour of attending a function organised by a group of young Canberrans called raize the roof. It is a group dedicated to easing the plight of kids wherever that have less than they deserve, and I said I would be more than happy to read a statement on their behalf into the Hansard so the people of Canberra, particularly members, understand what raize the roof is about. On behalf of Danielle Dal Cortivo and her committee, I will now read the following:

Their vision is clear ... the task, a little more challenging. A team of dynamic individuals from Canberra have started their adventure to enhance the lives of kids a little less lucky.

It's basic. The charity raize the roof will enable improvement to the health and welfare of children locally and internationally.

raize the roof commenced in March 2009, after a conversation between Co-founders Danielle and Lincoln Dal Cortivo. On this day, it was agreed, there was something Danielle and Lincoln could do.

raize the roof is a charity founded by local young Canberrans passionate about improving the lives of children who are "less lucky"than most. Powered by inspiration, innovation and dedication, the raize the roof team along with the Canberra community will assist local children who are suffering from cancer, and also children of the world who are orphaned due to disease or circumstance.

Through fundraising, donations and the assistance of volunteers, a house will be built in Canberra with the goal of generating a profit over $500,000 after the house is auctioned. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the house will be donated to Camp Quality in the ACT (negotiations currently underway), and the other half will go towards enhancing children's villages in Botswana,


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