Every Frock Has a Story

Frocktober raises funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research, through dress-related fun! In the month of October, we encourage people all over Australia to wear frocks, make frocks, draw frocks, remember frocks and hold frock-related events in the name of this important cause.

Frocks are extraordinary garments. They can hold memories of a special time, a happy place, a funny story or a long lost friend. Like all great storytellers, frocks have narratives which resonate. Your frock's story might be a fable of rags-to-riches, renewed life, comedy, or even tragedy. Whatever your story, this Frocktober is the time to share it with the world!

Instead of buying something new this Frocktober, we want you to get creative. Frocktober is about re-finding something old, borrowing from friends and family, or discovering something at the op shop. What an adventure! Go to the Get Involved! page for plenty of fun suggestions.

There is currently no early detection test for ovarian cancer. This Frocktober is your chance to change this story.

Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF)

Ovarian cancer is an insidious disease, often known as a “silent-killer” as symptoms are vague and often strike without warning. Unlike many other cancers there is no early detection test. Consequently ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in its late stages and only 20%-30% of women will survive beyond five years of diagnosis. In comparison, survival rates increase to 80-100% when ovarian cancer is detected and treated early.

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation is Australia’s pre-eminent ovarian cancer research body. Our goal is to raise ovarian cancer awareness and vital funds for the development of an early detection test that will save women’s lives.

We receive no government funding and rely on the support of our community and business supporters to assist in driving our research forward.
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FUNDS RAISED

$6,471.05

105 heroes fundraising today.

Top Fundraisers

Jen Kessler $1,197.05 AUD
Kristi Day $715.75 AUD
Kimberley Grace $335.00 AUD
Christina Hayward $315.00 AUD
Jessica Wraight $304.50 AUD

The Facts

  • Every ten hours, one woman dies from ovarian cancer in Australia
  • Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death of all gynaecological cancers
  • Unlike other cancers, there is NO early detection test
  • Over 50% of the community incorrectly believe a pap smear diagnoses ovarian cancer
  • Ovarian cancer has a lower survival rate than both breast and cervical cancer
  • When detected and treated early 80-100% of women will survive beyond five years compared with only 20-30% when diagnosed at a late stage

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