With spring around the corner it’s time to start thinking about refreshing your wardrobe.

One in three men and one in four women are diagnosed with cancer, so every family has been touched by cancer.

Want to stay ahead of the fashion pack by previewing the latest looks before fashion week?

Then get yourself to this year’s Funding Research for Cancer (FROC) event.

It’s a fabulous opportunity to get your fashion fix while supporting a very worthy cause.

Organised by two of Melbourne’s leading hairdressers, Andrea Pavlou of Xiang Hair and James Razos of Rakis on Collins, the annual FROC event showcases the best in fashion and raises money for the cancer research.

Andrea Pavlou says, “The inspiration for FROC came to me after the loss of a wonderful client, Leanne Edwards.”

“As a hairdresser, you develop strong relationships with clients. Leanne was a wonderful woman and when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer I was horrified. Her battle was intense and short, and surrounded by her wonderful family she lost her battle 100 days after being diagnosed.”

Funds raised from FROC will go to the Peter MacCallum Foundation.

The Peter Mac Centre is Australia’s only dedicated cancer hospital and treats over 25,000 patients each year.

“One in three men and one in four women are diagnosed with cancer, so every family has been touched by cancer,” said Andrea.

“By raising money we’re hoping to lighten the load for the next person to go through this.”

FROC debuted in 2009, raising over $18,000 for cancer research.

This year the event will be held on August 16 and promises to be an even bigger and better evening, with organisers aiming to raise a record $35,000.

The event will be held at a popular Docklands nightspot, Alumbra, and will be hosted by Melissa Heatherington, host of ‘Coxy’s Big Break.’

QV’s Albert Coates Lane retailers Cactus Jam, Christensen Copenhagen, Dizingof, Kam Otto, T.L Wood, Trimapee and Wayne Cooper will all launch their spring/summer collections on the FROC catwalk.

Andrea Pavlou said, “Fashion highlights our personality and allows us to recreate ourselves. James and I are thrilled to be bringing the community together to preview spring/summer collections in fashion and hair prior to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.”

“Most importantly, we look forward to handing over the proceeds to the Peter Mac Foundation.”

FROC will be held at 7pm on Monday 16 August at Alumbra in Docklands.

Tickets are $65 (including drink on arrival, canapes and gift bag) and are purchased through Ticketmaster. For more information, visit www.froc.net.au