In 2015, Carrie Bickmore gave an incredible speech as she accepted the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian television.
The 37 year old star famously donned a blue beanie, and spoke with heartfelt honesty to the audience about the need for greater brain cancer awareness and research.
Here, in her own words, The Project co-host reveals how only her young son Ollie knew the secret that would become part of Logies folklore.
"I OFTEN THINK about what I would have said if I didn't talk about brain cancer when I won my TV WEEK Gold Logie in 2015. Many people have said how I was keeping a big secret from them. But really, I was keeping it from myself, because I wasn't sure I was going to go through with it. [During her acceptance speech, Carrie surprised the audience by donning a blue beanie to raise awareness of brain cancer. Carrie lost her first husband, Greg Lange, to brain cancer in 2010, and has since founded a charity, Carrie's Beanies 4 Brain Cancer (carriesbeanies4braincancer.com).]
I decided to do it the Friday before the Logies on the Sunday night. But then I realised if I did win, and people wanted to put on a beanie, I had none to give them! I told a person I worked with and he helped me find a factory I could get beanies from."
"That Friday, I picked up Ollie from school and headed to the factory. He asked, 'Where are we going?' That's when I told him what I was thinking of doing. He said, 'That's so cool!' So he kind of went on the journey with me.
On the day, I wasn't really sure if I'd do it, but he said, 'Mum, we've got the beanies now – what are we going to do with them all?' I thought, 'I'd better do it.'
I was proud of Ollie for being such a good secret-keeper on the day. I had my family at the hotel [in Melbourne] while I was getting ready and had a box of beanies there. Some of them asked, 'What's that?' I could hear them talking about it and was so close to saying something. But I thought if I didn't win, they'd feel sorry for me and I didn't want that. So I just kept it to myself."
"Winning the Gold was lovely. When you work on something day after day, it all becomes a bit of a blur and you forget that it's still having an impact on people and their lives.
I feel very honoured and I certainly don't take it for granted."
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