Are you up for the challenge of trying a plant-based menu for seven days this Meat Free Week and raising funds for Bowel Cancer Australia, challenging participants to try a plant-based menu for seven days.
 
Bowel Cancer Australia’s National Community Engagement Manager Claire Annear said the Meat Free Week aims to support conversations around meat consumption, the impact excessive meat consumption has on health as well as promote ways to eat for better health.
 

Zoe Welham developed an interest in bowel cancer while she was working on a complex scientific research project in graduate school.

“The goal was to look at bowel cancer in a holistic way by taking information from genes, microbes and epigenetic data,” Zoe said.
 

As co-founder and executive chairman of one of Australia’s largest consumer magazine publishing businesses, David Gardiner has turned unknown brands into household names.

But bowel cancer doesn’t discriminate, and despite his personal success, David was diagnosed with Australia’s second deadliest cancer at age 51.

Inspired by the commitment of patron Richard Penn to improving outcomes for people affected by bowel cancer, Gavin Fox-Smith joined Bowel Cancer Australia’s board in 2004.

“I’ve always believed in the mission,” said Gavin.

Play For Purpose is the ultimate not-for-profit raffle!
 
Every ticket gives you the chance to win awesome prizes, all while supporting Bowel Cancer Australia.
 
Raffle tickets are just $10, with a guaranteed minimum of $5 directly supporting the charity.
 

This year, My Giving Circle is giving $200,000 in grants to Australia’s favourite charities and not-for-profits voted by you.

Bowel Cancer Australia needs your vote to be in the running.

All you need to do is vote (for free) or donate to Bowel Cancer Australia through the My Giving Circle website.

Evidence has long suggested an association between mouth bacteria that enters the bloodstream via bleeding gums and serious infections of the brain, liver, and heart, as well as preterm birth in pregnant women.

The presence of the bacterium, known as ‘fusobacterium nucleatum’, has also been shown to be very high in bowel tumours.

Bowel cancer remains Australia’s second deadliest cancer and ranks among the top five killers overall of Australians aged 45-74.i

Yet the latest National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) Report released today by the AIHW reveals participation rates continue to hover at 42.4% and colonoscopy wait times for those who receive a positive screen far exceed the ‘desirable’ 30 days.ii
 

When Director Richard Griffin AM was in preparatory school, he was given some medical advice by the Matron: ‘Listen to your body and act on it.’

“She drilled into us that it was not “sissy” or “weak” to talk about one’s concerns with medical professionals,” says Richard.

That advice probably saved Richard’s life.