The Secret Garden & Nursery will be moving to a new site in April 2017 (still on the grounds of Western Sydney University at Richmond) and this will be the first event held there. It will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the New Secret Garden & Nursery to our regular visitors and clients, and to introduce us to the broader community.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated and if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Marianne.


Today, the National Breast Cancer Foundation will release a national research poll that reveals knowledge gaps in metastatic breast cancer recurrence, treatment and survival.

20-30% of women who have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer will go on to develop metastatic breast cancer. As you know, the survival rate for women with metastatic breast cancer (advanced, secondary or Stage 4) is alarmingly low, with only 1 in 4 women still alive 5 years after diagnosis.

With only 3% of Australians aware that breast cancer can stay dormant in the body for more than 10 years, this research highlights the alarming knowledge gap that can impact the behaviour of Australian women – impacting recurrence, treatment and survival rates for thousands of women across the country.

Some key findings from the research poll include:

  • Only 3% of Australians realise that breast cancer can stay dormant in the body for more than 10 years. • Only 13% of Australians are aware that a healthy lifestyle may be beneficial in reducing the risk of relapse
  • 59% incorrectly believing or do not know whether Stage 4 can be successfully treated.
  • Australians are well informed about the primary reasons for the return of breast cancer such as cancer cells spreading beyond the breast (63%) and not all cancer cells being killed during initial treatment (60%)
  • The majority of Australians (83%) understand that breast cancer can spread beyond the breast and that this stage (called metastatic) is the most deadly (88% Interview opportunities:
  • Dr Alessandra Muntoni, Director of Research Investment, NBCF
  • Local female case study, available upon request


Days for Girls is a non-profit project run by grass roots teams of women worldwide to provide feminine hygiene products to girls to allow them to stay at school all the school year. It has been initiated to create a more dignified, free and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions. It survives by donation and volunteer help.

In Castle Hill a dedicated team of women (and some men) meet on a regular basis to sew, overlock and pack items to go in a pretty cotton bag to send to girls in various developing countries. People outside of this team contribute also by donating money, fabric, thread, underwear, soap and washers. Each item included in the bag requires several processes to complete it. Some volunteers are able to sew or overlock, but many are required to do the cutting, finishing and packing processes. Quality control is a vital part of the overall process to make sure the kit is robust enough to last

2-3 years. The kits made by Australian women go to many Pacific Island and South East Asian developing countries. Castle Hill team has sent a delivery to Sri Lanka, a large delivery to the Solomon Islands and another is on the way to Cambodia. Educated women who are Days for Girls Ambassadors accompany the kits. Each kit is calculated to cost approximately $15.00 with volunteer help to make and pack them.

The team in Castle Hill would welcome:

  • volunteers to help out at each monthly workshop,
  • volunteers to work at home on the items
  • donations to help provide supplies.

If you would like to help in any way please contact the Castle Hill Team Leader Cheryl Landon-Jones any time on phone 0433 445 339 or by email on