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Carrie Bickmore reflects on her famous Logies acceptance speech

'I feel very honoured and I certainly don’t take it for granted.'

By Carrie Bickmore as told to Amber Giles
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."
Carrie with her beanie at the 2015 TV WEEK Logie Awards.
"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."
Carrie with her son, Ollie, and daughter, Evie, promoting Carries Beanies 4 Brain Cancer.
"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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