Bogan bingo fundraising for breast cancer research.

Jan Crow, of Yangebup, is holding a Bogan Bingo night. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d443815
Jan Crow, of Yangebup, is holding a Bogan Bingo night. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d443815

JAN Crow, of Yangebup, is a self-confessed professional bogan.

She is part of a team hosting a Bogan Bingo Breast Cancer Care WA (BCCWA) fundraiser at Maylands Peninsula Sport and Recreation Club next month in honour of Ms Crow’s late mother, Lydia Muirson.

Ms Crow said she was working with breast cancer care nurse Denise Kiff, who had the idea to put together such an event.

“Bogan Bingo is run by a team of professional bogans,” she said.

“On the night, as well as bingo there will be a prize for the best dressed bogan, best dressed sheila, best air guitar player and a few other bogan competitions, like Minties’ paper rip, chook raffle, Angry Bird chuck and lucky dip, to name a few.”

All money raised will go towards BCCWA, which Ms Crow said gave practical, financial and emotional support to families touched by breast cancer in ways not available through the health system.

Having experienced her mother pass away from the breast cancer, then being diagnosed with the disease herself, Ms Crow said donations enabled BCCWA to reach a wider community, letting more people understand there was help out there.

“I was very naive that my mum was indestructible all those years ago,” she said.

“It was when I was diagnosed that I began to understand what she went through. My mum felt so much guilt that she had given me the gene – not true.

“When her cancer came back, I was devastated. I felt helpless in so many ways. I saw her in so much pain for so long.”

Bogan Bingo will be followed by Ms Crow’s major fundraising effort, skydiving from more than 4000 metres.

It will be Ms Crow’s first skydive, something she has always wanted to do, expecting to feel free as she falls through the sky experiencing a “fantastic” view while strapped to an “awesome” young man.