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‘Creativity and charity go hand in hand’

In the lead up to Mother's Day, local artist Anna Blatman is collaborating with the OCRF, selling tea towels and coasters adorned with her colourful paintings.

Tea towels are available to purchase for Mother's Day gifts.
Tea towels are available to purchase for Mother's Day gifts.

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, local artist Anna Blatman is collaborating with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF), selling tea towels and coasters adorned with her colourful paintings.

Blatman explained that she loves colour as much as she did when she started painting over 30 years ago. She enjoys making people smile with her bright flowers, birds and houses.

Blatman and her friend Simonne Winecier, who works for The Joint Australia, brainstormed new charities in the lead up to Mother’s Day that they could work with, and decided that OCRF fit the criteria.

Lindy Spicer, an OCRF ambassador and ovarian cancer survivor, introduced both ladies to the amazing work the OCRF does.

The OCRF shared some statistics with The AJN to highlight the necessity of the work they do.

A startling number is that one Australian woman or girl loses her life to ovarian cancer every eight hours, making it the most lethal gynaecological cancer and also among the least funded.

Ashkenazi Jewish women have an elevated risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer over and above the general population due to the BRCA genetic mutation, which is more prevalent among the Ashkenazi Jewish community. These mutations occur in one in 40 of the Ashkenazi Jewish community, as compared to one in 400 of the general population.

The OCRF funds research which seeks to find an early detection test and and also improve treatments for women and girls facing an ovarian cancer diagnosis.

In order to raise funds, Blatman created a vibrant and colourful piece called “Lil”, which is dedicated to her friend and survivor Spicer.

Blatman explained that the piece combines her love of birds and flowers.

The tea towels will be sold for $30, with $5 from each sale going to OCRF, and the coasters for $10, with $4 from each sale going to OCRF.

Blatman told The AJN, “Creativity and charity go hand in hand. We all need our village around us and if we can help a worthy cause such as OCRF then I’m happy to help!”

To make a purchase: annablatman.com

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