The Beacon March FY23

I’ve stood on the Field of Women at the G five times. It is an amazing, uplifting event. You’re there with people who have gone through what you’ve been through. You share an understanding. It’s still a very emotional thing for me. I go for Richmond but I gotta say Melbourne does a fantastic job supporting BCNA and women with breast cancer. They really get behind it. I stand to honour Kelli and keep her memory and legacy alive. She was far too young. People need to realise that breast cancer can hit at any age. When I’m there I look around and see other women who have gone through the same journey as Kelli and are living well. It is a massively good feeling. Helping to raise awareness of breast cancer is a huge motivation for me. If I could save one lovely lady, her husband and her children from going through what I went through, it would make me so happy and I know Kelli would be so proud of me. Tommie Jones


Standing on the Field of Women for Kelli – #forever37 I lost my beautiful wife Kelli to breast cancer in 2003 when she was only 37 years old. Our boy Tyson was 14, daughter Eden was 10 and youngest Brock was eight at the time. I was 41. After Kel died, I wanted to bring awareness to breast cancer. I have a Pink Lady on the back windscreen of my ute and I wear pink on the weekend. My watchband’s pink and I even have one of my big toes painted pink. I include #forever37 whenever I post on social media as a way of always remembering her.

W e are thrilled that preparation for this year’s Field of Women event is in full motion! The signature event aims to bring the statistics of breast cancer to life in a meaningful and visually powerful way that highlights the personal impact of a breast cancer diagnosis on our community while paying tribute to all those diagnosed. Held previously in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2018, the sixth Field of Women this year will be the feature event for BCNA’s 25th anniversary, acknowledging the achievements and advancements made in supporting Australians affected by breast cancer. The event is iconic, impactful and an opportunity to connect as a community, and we invite you all to be part of it.

WHAT TO EXPECT Field of Women will see over 10,000 people standing together on the MCG prior to the AFL Pink Lady Match to form BCNA’s Pink Lady to show collective support and raise awareness of the impact of breast cancer. The main ceremony of the event will profile BCNA through a live and virtual event experience that showcases the strength, courage and emotional journey of breast cancer and the impact it has on the community. There will also be various activities on event day, including a family festival in Yarra Park featuring a Mini- Field of Women tribute, ‘light up the night pink’ across Victoria and other national landmarks around Australia, and the national broadcast of the Melbourne v Hawthorn match, which will focus on the Field of Women and the Pink Lady Match at the MCG. Plus, much more!

EVENT UPDATES • The Field of Women will be staged prior to the round 23 of the AFL match between Melbourne and Hawthorn, on the weekend of 17–20 August at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. • The final confirmation of the day and time will be released in conjunction with the next part of the AFL fixture expected in May 2023.

• Once on sale, for a limited time until the official day and time are announced by the AFL, priority early-bird tickets will be available at a discounted rate of 25% off standard pricing. • Those who are unable to stand with us at the ‘G in person will be able to join BCNA’s virtual Pink Lady by purchasing a place and leaving a message of support for those affected by breast cancer. You will be able to purchase your virtual place via the BCNA website. • Those planning to join us from interstate can keep an eye on our website for details of any applicable travel offers. To ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to ‘Stand with me at the ‘G and receive all the most up- to-date information about the Field of Women 2023, including access to early-bird tickets, offers and priority updates, please register your interest via the BCNA website .

• Tickets to ‘Stand with me at the G’ will go on sale to

BCNA members and early-bird registered participants at the

end of March via Ticketek. • Field of Women standard

A THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS The upcoming Field of Women would not be possible without the support of the Melbourne Football Club and Melbourne Cricket Ground along with our Major Event Partners, Bakers Delight and Red Energy. Through their ongoing support of this event, these organisations help ensure Australians affected by breast cancer have access to information and support appropriate to their individual needs, as well as a strong voice, advocacy and representation to influence a better health care system.

pricing for 2023 will be $69 per person. This is inclusive of your Field of Women participant poncho and bag and a General Admission ticket to the AFL match. Other merchandise

items will be available to purchase at point of sale.


Foundation Partner of BCNA and proud Major Event Partner of BCNA’s iconic Field of Women 2023! SHOW YOUR SUPPORT IN-BAKERY THIS MAY *

*11 - 31 MAY 2023 ONLY.



March 2023 | Issue 94

Breast Cancer Network Australia

Issue 94 | March 2023

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