Voice awards launched

Students are being invited to enter a unique talent show in order to raise awareness for mouth cancer.

The Mouth Cancer Foundation is launching a brand new initiative, the Mouth Cancer Voice Awards, which gives students who think they’ve got what it takes to be the next Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, Peter Kay or Catherine Tate the chance to win the prize of a lifetime.

The awards are supported by rock band Koopa, television presenter Julia Bradbury (best known for co-hosting Watchdog and performing in Just the Two of Us), lead West End theatre star Julie Atherton and comedian Helen Lederer (from Absolutely Fabulous), who has first hand experience of the disease when a former boyfriend died from mouth cancer.

The Mouth Cancer Voice Awards aim to raise awareness of the risk factors (smoking, drinking and HPV) as well as the symptoms of mouth cancer amongst University and Higher Education students by reminding them not take their voice for granted.

The awards will celebrate the brightest young singing and comedy stars in the country. Students can enter into one of four categories: Solo singer, group singers (max six people), solo comedian, comedy team (max 3 people). Students across the country will be able to upload and enter short video demos to be immediately voted on by the public.

Entries will close on Monday 12 November 2007 during Mouth Cancer Awareness Week. A shortlist of finalists will be drawn up and three acts per category will be invited to attend a live grand final at the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre in central London on 18 November, where the finalists will perform in front of a live studio audience and a celebrity-packed panel of judges.

The best comedian or comedy act will win a 10-minute spot at a top Comedy Club Venue, while the first prize for the best singer or group performance is one day’s studio recording, courtesy of Insomnia Music Ltd.  

The founder of the Mouth Cancer Foundation, Dr Vinod Joshi, said: ‘This is the first Mouth Cancer Voice Awards with an aim to raise awareness of mouth cancer amongst the student community who are exposed to a drinking and smoking culture.

‘We want all students to know that mouth cancer exists and what symptoms to look out for in order to help with early detection. If in doubt, they should see their doctor or dentist immediately. The Voice Awards is a fun way to get our message across. Don’t take your voice for granted.’

For information, visit www.mouthcancervoice.org.

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