Welcome to the website of the Seconds Count Gala Ball!

The fourth Seconds Count Gala Ball was held on Saturday 2 June and was a huge success again - thank you for all your support to make it a night to remember.  

There has never been a more poignant or relevant time to raise further awareness about this devastating disease. Our pledge is to continue the fight and raise even more research dollars so we can find better ways to treat secondary breast cancer. This will be the fourth Gala Ball with aims to bring you an uplifting night that will celebrate and honour our amazing friend and continue this incredible legacy that has inspired many. So  we hope you can join us on this very special evening.

Our third Seconds Count Gala Ball in 2017 raised $60,000, taking our total tally to over $200,000. We would like to acknowledge and thank all those who supported us, donated, volunteered and attended. We couldn't do it without you all and we hope that you can support us again, as so much more work needs to be done to fight secondary breast cancer.

Thanks for taking the time to find out more about this event and the very important community cause we are supporting.

Why this event is different

While breast cancer fundraisers and ‘pink’ events typically focus on helping to prevent breast cancer, this event focusses specifically on raising funds and awareness of metastatic breast cancer.

Metastatic breast cancer (also known as secondary breast cancer) refers to the stage when the disease has spread beyond the breast into other adjacent parts of the body (most commonly bones, lungs, liver or brain). If the cancer spreads past the breast, it is currently incurable.

We need more resources directed towards research into metastatic breast cancer, as researchers believe that a cure can be found. 

Funds raised by the Seconds Count Gala Ball will be used by the University of Tasmania's Menzies Institute for Medical Research to fund specific research projects to help find new treatment targets for metastatic cancers, including breast cancer.

Our inspiration

We’ve been inspired by one special Tasmanian woman, Andree Greenwood who had metastatic breast cancer. Like so many thousands of others, Andree's courage was limitless and her focus on making every second count is something we want to encourage through the Seconds Count Gala Ball.

While there will inevitably be a serious side, our objective is to make this an uplifting event associated with a ‘can-do’ attitude and the belief that, despite often trying circumstances, it’s important to live life to the full, do what makes you happy and make every second count!

You can help

We encourage you to please donate directly to the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. Please ensure you note 'Seconds Count' in the details of your donation entry.

You can also read additional resources and help us raise awareness about this important issue. Together, we can find ways to improve and extend the quality of life for those with metastatic breast cancer.

Thank you for your generous support.