todayscountry94one is a Community Radio Station, and as the name suggests, is a radio station for the benefit of the community. With this in mind, those of us behind the great country music you love, wish to further help our local community by promoting a range of ‘Special Causes’ that have special meaning to us as individuals (via this page and through our Community Service Announcements).
Did you know that November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month? Like the majority of the population, I bet you didn’t! Pancreatic cancer affects both men and women and is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the western world. The five year survival rate is just 5% and this statistic hasn’t changed for decades. It is a truly devastating disease and what is worse, we still know so little about it. Few risk factors have been clearly defined and the symptoms are not always distinctive, therefore the cancer is often not diagnosed until it is at an advanced stage.
The Australian Pancreatic Cancer Genome Initiative (APGI) is working hard to change these frightening statistics but they need our help. Take a look at their very informative website and make a donation. You can also follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.
The ABC’s 7.30 Report below was broadcast in April 2010:
“After my diagnosis with breast cancer at 31, I can tell you firsthand that breast cancer doesn’t just happen to older women – it can happen to anyone, even young women.
My message to you is to become ‘Breast Aware’ by regularly checking your breasts for any changes or lumps. The sooner you find a change and go to see your GP, the better.
Please download this information as a gift from the McGrath Foundation and keep it as a guide on how you can become ‘Breast Aware’. It could save your life.”Jane McGrath Founder McGrath Foundation 1966-2008
Fred Hollows Foundation
Fred Hollows (1929-1993) was a passionate ophthalmologist who became known for his work helping restore the eyesight of countless thousands of people in developing countries and his passionate plight to improve indigenous health here in Australia.
‘Today’sCountry94One’ chairman Adam Harvey is an ambassador for the Fred Hollows foundation, and has organised several country music fundraisers, not only to raise awareness, but also to help with much needed funds so that Fred’s legacy can continue on. Adam has also travelled to outback Australia to see first hand the incredible work the foundation is doing in communities that desperately need help.
“Going to sing for the kids in those outback towns, and seeing the wonderful work the Fred Hollows foundation are doing in the Aussie outback has really inspired me to continue organising fundraisers for this worthy cause, and encouraging people to donate” said Adam.
Donations can be made by calling 1800 352 352
Or by going online… www.hollows.org.au
Out of the ashes of Black Saturday 2009 came an urgent need for fences to be rebuilt. Kilmore East farmers, Kevin and Rhonda Butler, were among those whose fences were burnt. Needing to quickly secure their 1,500 sheep, they sought assistance from family, friends and local volunteers to help rebuild their fences.
Within a week, the fences were completed – a task that would have taken them months to do on their own. Grateful for the assistance they received, Rhonda and Kevin decided to try to help a few others with their fencing.
Thus, BlazeAid was born.
** We have now completed our work in response to the 2011 Floods and Cyclone Yasi.
Thank you to our volunteers and donors. Please go to www.blazeaide.com for further information
During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in Australia and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health.
Registering at www.movember.com, guys then start Movember 1st with a clean-shaven face and then for the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts.
Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.
At the end of the month, Mo Bros and their female supporters (known as Mo Sistas) celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.
Please support todayscountry94one’s ‘Two Ronnies” who support Movember.