Going girly for Frocktober raising funds to fight cancer

SKIRTING THE ISSUE: Kate Morgan from East Ballina is doing Frocktober, which raises money for ovarian cancer research. Kate is pictured in her Shelley Beach home.
SKIRTING THE ISSUE: Kate Morgan from East Ballina is doing Frocktober, which raises money for ovarian cancer research. Kate is pictured in her Shelley Beach home. Patrick Gorbunovs

BY THE end of the month Kate Morgan could be getting around in some pretty outrageous outfits.

The East Ballina woman will be wearing a dress every day in October for Frocktober, which raises money for ovarian cancer research.

Support Kate Morgan at her Frocktober page

While Mrs Morgan freely admits she loves a good frock, she doesn't quite have 31 of them.

"I could be in a tutu by the end of the month," she said.

"My main problem is that I have more evening wear than day wear, so I could be donning some ball gowns to go and get the milk."

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation's goal is to use Frocktober to raise awareness about ovarian cancer and to raise money to develop an early detection test.

In Australia one woman dies from ovarian cancer every 10 hours.

It is often diagnosed in its late stages and only 20-30% of women survive more than five years after being diagnosed.

That's why Mrs Morgan is participating in Frocktober.

"The statistics are shocking," she said.

"A friend of mine has a sister who has ovarian cancer ... it is actually quite common.

"So when I heard about Frocktober I thought I'd do it. My goal is to raise $700.

"I love dresses, but wearing a different frock every day for a whole month is a challenge, even for a frock-lover like me."

After eight days Mrs Morgan has already worn some of her favourites, including an original 1950s white linen wiggle dress. On day four she fed her chooks in a 1970s rayon lemon candy stripe dress.

"On Saturday I went paddle-boarding in a dress," she said.

"And on the weekend I also helped a friend who's renovating, and I had to get up the ladder in a dress.

"I had shorts on underneath."

Mrs Morgan still has a few more surprises up her sleeve.

A dress with skulls on it should make an appearance for Halloween, and keep a look out for what she wears to the Ballina Shire Northern Star Business Awards on October 19.


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