The Mrs Australia Quest, Australia’s most prestigious quest for today’s modern woman, is proudly supporting Teal Ribbon Day by helping turn the Sydney Opera House Teal for the first time ever this evening and tomorrow, 22-23 February.
By promoting awareness of the early signs and symptoms of this silent disease, the Mrs Australia Quest and its National Finalists aim to educate women in Australia and beyond in the hope that they may save a lives.
“Every day three women in Australia are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and one woman dies every 11 hours,” says Karen Sabarre, CEO of the Mrs Australia Quest (MAQ).
“My sister-in-law, and the MAQ Patron, passed away four years ago this month from ovarian cancer so all our work at the Quest is in her memory," says Karen. "After learning more about the need for awareness of this terrible disease, and knowing we can make a difference, the Mrs Australia Quest became a passionate advocate for ovarian cancer awareness, supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia and February’s Teal Ribbon Day.”
Karen Miles, one of the national finalists this year, has made an Ovarian Cancer awareness DVD. She says, “My goal as Mrs Australia is to forward women’s health and education. There is currently no early detection test making it crucial to be aware of the symptoms. Your pap test doesn’t cover ovarian cancer.”
The symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
• Increased abdominal size
• Persistent bloating
• Unexplained abdominal or pelvic pain
• Difficult eating or feeling full quickly
• Needing to urinate often or urgently
• Change in bowel habits
If these symptoms persist for two weeks or more, please visit your doctor.
“The Mrs Australia Quest provides every finalist with an opportunity to promote themselves, voice their opinions, get involved, network, and fulfil their personal goals,” says Karen Sabarre. “I’m humbled to be a part of the Teal Ribbon Day at the Sydney Opera House today.”
In addition to their title, the Quest winners more importantly will serve as national spokespeople for ovarian cancer, educating women about the silent symptoms of this disease. They will also represent Australia at the world level, competing with countries all over the globe for the Mrs World, Mrs Universe, Mrs International and Ms Earth titles.
The 2011 Mrs Australia Quest competition is still open so please visit www.mrsaustraliaquest.com.au to enter. The National Finals are scheduled for July 2011 and they encourage all married women who wish to compete for the ‘Mrs title’; and all single women, divorced, or single mums over the age of 26 for the ‘Ms title’ - to help save women’s lives from ovarian cancer and participate in an event that will allow them to improve their own self esteem, make new friends, and for the winners to represent Australia on the world stage.
Mrs Australia Quest PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:
Day: Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Time: After 10am onwards
Where: Sydney Opera House – forecourt
What: 4 of the National Finalists in Mrs Australia Quest
- Haley Rich Bracken (wife of Australian Cricketer Nathan Bracken)
- Karen Miles (www.karenmiles.com.au; www.karenmiles.tv; www.missscarlett.com.au; AUTHOR 'The Real Baby Book you need at 3am'; AUTHOR 'Working Parents Toolkit')
- Veronica Cristovao – Sydney NSW
- Joanne Cockburn – Central Coast NSW
Karen Sabarre - 0414 495 028
Mrs Australia Quest
The Australia Quest Group is owned and organized by Let’s Talk Entertainment Agency Pty Ltd. AQG consists of various pageants covering all demographics from tiny tots, teens, miss and mister through to the Mrs Australia Quest for married women which supports Ovarian Cancer Australia.
The Mrs Australia Quest believes that all women -- whether married, divorced, separated, single mums, or living in a defacto relationship -- should have the equal opportunity to show their beauty from both inside and out. Therefore we have created a quest that all women should feel comfortable in entering no matter how old or what size they may be. We believe beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. We understand that every lady who enters a quest of this nature is for their own different and personal reasons. Our aim is to help open doors so these entrants can achieve their own personal goals and expand their self esteem and confidence on this journey, whilst promoting our cause for Ovarian Cancer Awareness.
P: 0414 495 028