For high school teacher Rosemary Zamberlan, cancer care is a cause close to her heart.
Over the past nine years, the energetic high school teacher has been diagnosed with both renal and endometrial cancer. She was treated at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse where the care she received compelled her to give back.
“Everyone at Lifehouse was just so supportive. The communication between my doctors was incredible,” says Rosemary, who underwent testing at Lifehouse that determined her renal cancer was genetic. She was then able to warn her family members overseas.
“I was really made to feel so supported. Even now, they still answer my hundred-and-one questions.”
As a way of giving back, Rosemary has been organising annual fundraising dinners each year, for the past seven years.
Aptly named ‘Girls’ Night Out’, Rosemary’s annual dinners assemble women from school communities all over Sydney to wine, dine, network and make friends, all while raising funds for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
Last year’s Girls’ Night Out was held on November 6 at the Castelmola Pizzeria in Leichhardt, where a 50-strong crowd of women raised over $4000 in total.
“Half the room had been personally affected by cancer, so the work Lifehouse is doing really does impact every woman in the room in some way,” says Rosemary.
“Not everyone knows each other at the start of the night, but it’s such a friendly environment. Everyone moves around and talks to each other.
“It’s about women getting together, supporting women and supporting Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.”
Thank you so much Rosemary for your amazing support!
If you’re interested in setting up your own fundraising event or would like to hear more about community fundraising events held through Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, please email Sara Walker at Sara.Walker@lh.org.au.
Pictured: Rosemary (centre) with friends who have attended all seven Girls’ Night Outs