Wanted: 13,000 Women To Kick-off a Powerful Breast Cancer Event

'''Registrations now open for Field of Women LIVE

Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), Australia's peak national organisation for Australians personally affected by the disease, is calling on 13,000 people from around Australia to stand together on Sydney's Telstra Stadium to take part in a night they will never forget - to represent the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer this year.'''

Every day 36 women in Australia will be told they have breast cancer and seven will lose their lives to this disease. To highlight the magnitude of breast cancer in Australia BCNA, in partnership with the AFL and Sydney Swans will present Field of Women LIVE, kick-starting the Sydney Swans versus St Kilda match at Telstra Stadium, Sydney on the evening of the August 11, 2007.

Breast cancer survivor, Lyn Swinburne, says the aim of the Field of Women LIVE is to highlight the enormous impact that breast cancer has on our community.

"It's a symbolic act that will alert people to the impact breast cancer has on the lives of so many women and families across the country. We're calling on 13,000 people to stand shoulder to shoulder in pink ponchos to support the cause," she said.

"You don't need to have had breast cancer to take part. Every participant will feel an enormous sense of satisfaction from the support they are demonstrating to all those affected by breast cancer."

The first Field of Women LIVE event was held at the MCG in 2005, with 11,500 women in pink ponchos and 100 men in blue ponchos (representing the number of women and men diagnosed with the disease in that year) forming the Pink Lady shape.

"It's a way for us to have real women stand with us to give extra meaning to the statistics," says Swinburne.

Women and men from across the country can register to take part in Field of Women LIVE at www.fieldofwomen.org.au. Registration costs $50, which includes pink poncho, entry to the Sydney Swans versus St Kilda match and free public transport from within the greater Sydney area.