Academy Award nominee Tony McNamara and actress Belinda Bromilow (Channel 9’s Doctor Doctor) walk the 2019 Oscars Red Carpet.
Belinda is styled by Donny Galella and wears a fuchsia and red couture Velani gown in silk mikado designed by Nicky Apostolopoulos - with bespoke tourmaline, red spinel and diamond earrings in 18 carat white gold and a matching spinel and diamond ring designed by Nicole Winkler Jewellery. The earrings valued at just under $9,000 have been donated by Nicole Winkler Jewellery to the cancer charity Mummy’s Wish. They will be auctioned to raise funds to provide practical support to mums with cancer.
Tony McNamara is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Favourite, having recently received the Best Original Screenplay BAFTA. He is also an executive producer of the film. Tony McNamara is styled by Jamie Azzopardi and wears MJ Bale Black Saunders Tuxedo with a Termao White Tux Shirt.
Nicole Winkler said: “I’d discussed with Belinda the idea of donating her bespoke earrings to Mummy’s Wish after the Academy Awards and we both agreed that they were a perfect charity given both of our backgrounds of cancer treatment and motherhood.”
The women who met while studying acting at the WAAPA were both diagnosed with cancer when their children were young—Bromilow with bowel cancer and Winkler with breast cancer.
Bromilow was diagnosed shortly after giving birth to her first son: "I had a bowel resection and illiostomy bag for 3 months while I healed from surgery. Fortunately the cancer hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes, so I required no further treatment however facing such serious surgeries and my own mortality was an enormous challenge with a newborn,” Bromilow said.
“It occurred to me more than once during this time how incredibly lucky and blessed I was to have the support of family and friends, and how infinitely harder my journey through would have been without it.
“I thought of single parents, those under financial pressure, people without a community to rally around them. Mummy’s Wish is that support for many out there who are dealing with cancer and it is an absolute honour and joy to help them in this small way.”
Winkler, who lost both her parents to cancer when she was young, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late 2017, when her children were three and six years old.
“I underwent a reconstructive mastectomy, six months of chemo and five weeks of radiation and Mummy’s Wish were a great support during my treatment,” Winkler said.
“They were a reassuring and comforting presence on a psychological level and provided us with practical help of three months of cleaning during treatment. They also sent two comfort bears with voice recorders inside that my kids still love and hug to this day.”
“Positively parenting small children during cancer treatment has to be one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life and it’s great to know that we will be helping to support other mothers during such a difficult time,” Nicole said.
“When you’re living with cancer, it can be difficult to cope with a wide range
Mummy’s Wish CEO Emma Bryant said, of emotions, including fear, anger and sadness and Mums can also find it hard to carry out everyday tasks such as food shopping or cleaning their house.”
“We are so grateful to Belinda and Nicole for this wonderful gesture; the money raised through their auction will enable us to provide practical support to more women to help them manage the distressing impact her illness has on their families.”
Bromilow's one-of-a-kind 18-carat white gold, tourmaline, red spinel and diamond studded Oscar earrings, valued at $8950 will be auctioned via eBay to coincide with this year's Big Mumma's Italian Feast fundraiser on 4 April 2019.
To find out how to bid, please contact Mummy’s Wish on 1300 045 741.
For Mummy’s Wish media enquiries, please contact Brooke Falvey on 0409 767 724 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE EARRINGS
The Nicole Winkler earrings are bespoke tourmaline, red spinel and diamond in 18 carat white gold. They feature two natural pink tourmalines cut in a pear shape cabochon surrounded by a halo of diamonds. The stud earrings are a natural vibrant pink tourmaline with asscher cut red spinels bezel set suspended below the studs and above the pear shapes.
They are one-of-a-kind earrings and designed especially for Belinda Bromilow to be worn at the 2019 Academy Awards.
Pink tourmaline cabochons 22.95 carats Hot pink tourmalines 2 = 2 carats
Red natural spinels 2 = 0.40 carats Diamonds G/VS 60 = 0.65 carats
Total value $8950
ABOUT MUMMY’S WISH
Mummy’s Wish understands the REAL LIFE impact of the words ‘you have cancer’ and know that when a mum is diagnosed with cancer it affects the entire family.
Every day around Australia, 13 families have their lives turned upside down when mum is diagnosed with cancer. Mummy’s Wish support these mums and their young families by providing practical, non-means tested support whilst mum is receiving treatment or palliative care for cancer.
The work that we do allows mums undergoing treatment to cope with their illness and meet the physical and emotional needs of a young family - because a mum with cancer is still a mum. We connect with the mums and are there to offer support as inevitable challenges arise during her full treatment journey.
Our wish is that there will one day be a cure for cancer - but until then, we are here to help.