Lara Bingle’s community service commitments

June 7th, 2009 - 4:12 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, June 7 (ANI): Lara Bingle, the fiancée of Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke, has revealed that she failed to attend a pre-Ashes camp for cricketers’ wives and girlfriends because she had been filming a community service announcement for Bowel Cancer Australia.

Bingle, who is the charity’s new ambassador, said her involvement with Bowel Cancer Australia’s Love My Family campaign was part of a covenant she had made with her father Graham before he died of bowel cancer last year.

“It’s been just over a year, and I feel it’s OK now to talk about it. But it’s definitely hard, and I do get upset quite a lot,” the Daily Telegraph quoted her as saying.

The commercial features the tattoo on Bingle’s right wrist that reads: “Wish you were here”, which she got after Graham died.

“I got it a few months after he passed away, and it really hurt - but I remembered what he had gone through and couldn’t complain,” Bingle said.

“I’m not really into tattoos normally, but this is part of my history and I am happy to share it in the (advertising) campaign,” she added.

It was during the campaign’s production in May that Bingle was criticised for not attending a counselling seminar on the Sunshine Coast.

“I want to be full-on working with Bowel Cancer Australia for the rest of my life. I watched Dad get more and more sick, and I don’t have a hard life at all,” she said.

“I’m not trying to save lives. I’m there to help and raise awareness, and I think I will be a good help,” she added. (ANI)

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