Afternoon teal

TWO Griffith girls painted their home bluish-green on Saturday in a heart-warming salute that would make any grandmother proud.

Inspired by their nan, Jane Kohlwes, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007, Brittney Taylor, 13, and her sister Elyse, 11, held an Afternoon Teal to raise awareness and funds.

With the help of around 80 family and friends they raised $2000 for Ovarian Cancer Australia. Describing her nan as "caring and funny" Brittney said it felt good to be able to do something worthwhile.

“It’s exciting to be able to do something to help,” she said.

“It was Mum’s idea really, but we helped.

“We want to thank everybody who supported us and made donations.”

The pint-sized fundraisers held a raffle, served up delicious cakes, slices and cups of tea and coffee to raise the money.

“It was a $5 entry fee per adult and we also sold raffle tickets,” Brittney said.

“Nan was overwhelmed and happy when we told her we were holding this event.

“She is really kind and a bit funny sometimes. She knits a lot and makes blankets for the oncology nurses.

“We can’t believe we made so much money.”

According to Ovarian Cancer Australia, this year it is estimated that about 1500 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer has a low survival rate, with only 43 women out of 100 surviving five years after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

The biggest challenge in the battle is that most women will be diagnosed when the cancer is at an advanced stage and has spread beyond the ovary.

Symptoms include bloating, abdominal weight gain, difficulty eating and changed bowel or urinary habits.

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