Teal Heels is an annual fundraiser held in partnership between the Heat and OCA, with this year’s sold-out event at the club's home game against the Perth Scorchers on 1 February coinciding with the launch of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.
Money was raised at Teal Heels through donations and raffles, with OCA volunteers collecting contributions from fans inside the Gabba at the game. Heat players wore teal ribbons on their jerseys in support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month during the match.
A record $17,000 was raised on the night, with Queensland Cricket contributing a further $3,000 to take the tally from the event to $20,000.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Max Walters said the Heat’s partnership with Ovarian Cancer Australia played an important role in supporting QC’s purpose of providing positive experiences for Queensland communities.
“Our relationship with Ovarian Cancer Australia is a significant one to Queensland Cricket and the Brisbane Heat. Cricket at its foundation is a community sport, so an event like Teal Heels that supports people and families dealing with an illness such as ovarian cancer and allows us to contribute to Australian communities in a positive way, is one we are proud to partner with.
“We would like to thank Erin Holland for giving up her time to emcee the event, Maria Hopes for her ongoing dedication in helping to organise Teal Heels, OCA volunteers, plus those who donated prizes and contributed to ovarian cancer support on the night. We look forward to continuing our strong association with OCA for many years to come,” Mr. Walters said.
Image: OCA Supporters at Teal Heels
OCA CEO Jane Hill thanked the Brisbane Heat for their continued support.
“Ovarian Cancer Australia has been the Brisbane Heat's Official Charity Partner since 2014. In this time, the Brisbane Heat has raised more than $57,000 to support Australians impacted by ovarian cancer through the annual Teal Heels fundraising event,” Ms Hill said.
“The $20,000 raised through Teal Heels in 2019 will ensure that Ovarian Cancer Australia is able to continue to fund high-impact research and support programs for Australians living with this deadly disease.
“On behalf of Ovarian Cancer Australia, and all Australians impacted by the disease, I would like to thank the Brisbane Heat for their incredible generosity and for shining a spotlight on ovarian cancer,” Ms. Hill said.
Teal Ribbon Day is held annually on the last Wednesday in February to raise awareness for the many Australian families dealing with ovarian cancer. Support for OCA can be made by purchasing a teal ribbon online or in-store at Chemmart Pharmacies, Terry White Chemmart, from Black Pepper stores, Noel Jones Real Estate, or selected Wynstan stores.