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Some crafty kids The artwork of talented local teenagers will be soon on show, as part of Yarra Ranges Council’s VCE Creative Showcase exhibition opening. The showcase will feature the work from 2016 students’ VCE art and studio art classes in two exhibitions, at Mooroolbark Community Centre’s Red Earth Gallery and Upwey’s Burrinja Cultural Centre. The Mooroolbark exhibition, which runs from 14 February until 27 March, will include student work from Mount Evelyn Christian School, Billanook College, Lilydale Heights College, Lilydale High School and Yarra Hills Secondary College. See full story on page 7. Pictured, from left, with some of the pieces are students Rebecca Andre, Rebecca Wilson, Josh Starick, Sam Sharam and Belinda Schroder. 164404 Picture: JESSE GRAHAM

Feet fight cancer By Jesse Graham An ovarian cancer awareness walk that will pass through Mount Evelyn later this month has already smashed its fund-raising goal, raising more than $14,000 by the end of January. Sue Contarino’s Walk with Me event, which last year saw more than 80 people walk down the Warburton Trail in support of the teacher and ovarian cancer research, raised $12,762 in 2016. Ms Contarino said that, by 31 January this year, more than $14,000 had already been collected, with about 300 people to be involved in the event when it comes around on Sunday, 26 February.

The walk will start at Lilydale Station at 6am, passing through Mount Evelyn at 7.30am and finishing in Warburton at 3.30pm - participants can walk a stretch of the walk or the entirety of the trail, with all profits going to Ovarian Cancer Australia (OCA). This will be the second year that the event is being held, after Ms Contarino was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2013. After treatment, she experienced a recurrence in April 2015. She said she hoped the walk would encourage women to be more aware of the symptoms for ovarian cancer - which are often mistaken for other illnesses - and to ask for a test if concerned.

“They are interchangeable,” she said. “Women’s bloating can be related to too much pasta, breads, carbohydrates ... you could have intolerances, you could have allergies - going to the loo all the time is simply drinking lots, and being tired? Well, most women are tired, whether they’re working or with their children, and pain around that area of the abdomen is associated with wind or irritable bowel syndrome. “So there’s a lot of reasons why women tend to turn a blind eye, and doctors don’t push it - this is why I’m trying to wake up women to ask the question, ‘Can we do a test, please?’.” After last year’s event, Ms Contarino said two sisters from Queensland

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got in contact to share their story of losing their third sister to ovarian cancer. The two will be flying down to Victoria to take part in the walk, tagteaming the 42-kilometre stretch with their husbands under the team banner of Mary’s Marathon. BankVic, which last year gave Ms Contarino their Community Hero Award, is also matching dollar-fordollar donations raised by their staff members taking part in the walk. “There are people who are amazing, and especially in the beautiful Yarra Ranges and the Yarra Valley - people who want to give,” she said. Ms Contarino said she hoped to start a Walk with Me event in every

state by next year, to raise awareness and the profile of the cancer. “We’ve already had a huge, huge amount put in," she said. “In the long-term, I would love it to go as big as breast cancer, children’s cancers or leukaemia - but we’re only little fish. “Because the stats are one in 75 women, people just don’t hear about it as much as breast cancer - the stats are lower, your chances of getting it are lower - but the trouble is, when you get it, your chances of survival are much lower.“ For more information, to donate or to register, visit www.walkwithme4oca.com

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