Friday, April 17th, 2009

The newly appointed 65 Roses Day Ambassador, Virginia Gay, has launched a national appeal on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis Australia, inviting ALL Australians to become ‘Champions’ and volunteer to help raise vital funds by selling 65 Roses Day merchandise throughout the month of May.

Every four days, a baby is born with cystic fibrosis which is a serious illness affecting their lungs and digestive system. There is no cure for this debilitating and life threatening disorder that brings hardship to many families.

65 Roses Day (Friday May 29) is Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s primary national, annual campaign that generates awareness of the illness, raises vital funds to help people living with cystic fibrosis, and funds critical research projects in the quest to find a cure.

Cystic Fibrosis Australia’s CEO Terry Stewart said, “we are absolutely thrilled to have Virginia Gay’s support for the 65 Roses Day Campaign, particularly during these difficult financial times when we remain dependant on others to continue raising vital funds that will help cystic fibrosis families and continue funding essential research projects into this serious illness.”

Virginia Gay, 65 Roses Day Ambassador said she was humbled to have been invited to support the important work of Cystic Fibrosis Australia. “This is a tremendous honour,” said Gay. “For me there is no point to life if we don’t give something back to our community, particularly if our support can help to impact on improving critical health outcomes for children and young adults,” she said.

Virginia Gay who is best known for her role as Nurse Gabrielle Jaeger on Seven’s drama All Saints, teamed up with four-year-old, Kate Daly (born with cystic fibrosis) to voice the radio community service announcement that will air nationally from mid April to the end of May - 65 Roses Day, Friday 29 May. “Kate was just divine – so professional!” said Gay.

“I can’t think of a more valuable contribution than raising money to fund important research that will help to give kids like Kate a chance at life. If I didn’t do something to help this important cause, I wouldn’t want to be friends with me,” Gay said.

“Even in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis, we can all still do something to help. We can all give a little, or we can become a Champion and help sell 65 Roses Merchandise. I hope that people from every corner of Australia will come on board - we have the power to raise vital funds that will help people born with cystic fibrosis, and help scientists to continue their search for a cure,” she said.

Be a Champion! Volunteer to sell wristbands, pens and other merchandise to your family, friends, workmates and neighbours and support the life saving and life changing work of Cystic Fibrosis Australia.

Call 1800 635 008 or visit to register to become a ‘Champion’ for 65 Roses Day.

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All Saints actress Virginia Gay is named the 2009 Ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Australia's 65 Roses Campaign and calls for Champions to voluteer and sell merchandise throughout the month of May.


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