Georgia Love is paying tribute to her late mum this Mother's Day by raising money for pancreatic cancer charity, the Pancare Foundation.
On Instagram yesterday, Georgia explained that Mother's Day is her "least favourite day on the calendar". "But this year, instead of hiding under the bedsheets and pretending it's not happening, I'm remembering my Mum and acknowledging the day by using it to spread awareness and raise funds for @pancarefoundation."
To raise money for the charity, Georgia has designed a candle, which reads "You are loved," with Melbourne lifestyle brand, Damselfly. One hundred percent of profits will go to the Pancare Foundation.
In an earlier post, Georgia described the collaboration as, "The best present I can give my Mum, in her name and her memory 💜."
On Damselfy's website, Georgia continued, "I'm thrilled to present this candle to ignite love, hope and positivity for a cause that's close to my heart. Your support means that Pancare Foundation can continue to provide support and hope to the thousands of Australians diagnosed each year."
Both the black and white versions of the candle, each with different fragrances, sold out within three hours of Georgia's post on Sunday: "Our first run has just SOLD OUT!!! 😱," Georgia wrote in the comments. "I'm so so grateful, thank you everyone!" You can sign up the waitlist here.
Georgia's mother, Belinda, passed away from pancreatic cancer in November 2016, less than a week after Georgia's Bachelorette finale aired.
Writing for The Daily Telegraph last year, Georgia said that her mum, a nurse, put on a brave face for her children, even when the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is 9 percent. "What she did in keeping her head up and the facts hidden was protect us. She protected us from that unthinkable feeling she was faced with on hearing those statistics. She gave us the gift of hope, of being able to think that we would still have a Mum to watch us walk down the aisle, to be a grandma to our children, heck, just to wish us happy birthday the next year.
"I am thankful my Mum lived her last six months the way she did as it gave us all hope. We got to hold on to our fun-loving Mum, rather than see her or have to treat her as a sick person."
Georgia told TV Week at the time that her mum was able to meet her now-fiancé Lee Elliott. "It was amazing to see how much he perked her up . . . She was sitting up talking and laughing with him, which she hadn't been able to do all day."
In an Instagram dedication she shared in November 2016, Georgia wrote: "Mum, you were my first friend and my best friend, my rock, the one who knew me better than anyone in the world and who supported and backed me through every single thing I did. You were the one I went to for advice, the one I shared every story with and the one who was always there to pick me up. There is so much more I need and want to share with you. I have no idea how to even begin to say goodbye. I love you, Mum, and I will continue to every single day."