Hailee did it for cancer
When she was 16 years old, Hailee’s grandfather was sadly facing a terminal cancer diagnosis. Determined to make a difference, the Ceduna local gathered a committee of family and friends to help her plan a series of fundraising events, striving for an ambitious first-time goal of $3,000.
She passed that in just 24 hours, and the tally kept on climbing.
Hailee’s efforts culminated in a head shave event in October 2018. She had more than 200 people in attendance, and raised an astonishing $30,000+.
“I’m so grateful to have had so much support from our small community and feel very proud to be making such a big donation!”
Besties Belinda and Nadia rode for a reason
This year, triathlon enthusiasts Belinda and Nadia found themselves riding for two very different reasons, but brought together by one single goal—a cancer free future.
Belinda—who was riding during her own cancer diagnosis and treatment, and Nadia—who was riding in memory of a friend who she lost to cancer, signed up separately for Cancer Council’s 2019 Ride for a reason, but soon found support and inspiration in each other. Both were unaware of their very personal reasons for participating, until they got talking (and riding) together.
Through selfies and countless steep slopes, the women supported each other to achieve their individual fundraising goals and to help fund cancer research. After Nadia completed the Challenge Tour—and Belinda smashed her very own Distance Challenge of 580 kms over nine days—the two celebrated their separate successes together at the Legends’ Night Dinner.
Between them, Belinda and Nadia not only supported each other and smashed their Ride goals—they also raised an incredible $6,470.35 to contribute towards a cancer free future.
“It wasn’t until I went through cancer myself that I saw just how important fundraising is to help cancer research. If it wasn’t for fundraising, the treatment required for my type of breast cancer may not have existed and my outcome would not have been a good one.” – Belinda.
Dan Relayed for his mum
Dan and his mum, Sally, had climbed Mount Ossa together just three months before she received the shock diagnosis of advanced ovarian cancer. She had always been the fit member of the family, and no one had seen it coming. After undergoing
surgery and chemotherapy, Sally sadly passed away in late 2018.
As a way to show their support during a difficult time, Dan’s ‘work crew’ at Kathmandu Rundle Mall decided to register a team at Adelaide Central Relay For Life in Sally’s honour.
“Relay For Life isn’t just a way to raise money, it’s a way to start a conversation. You really do get a sense that everyone is there for the same reason which is what makes the event so powerful.”
Together, team Mallcandu raised almost $3,000 towards cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
Eliza hosted in memory of her grandma
This year, 21-year-old Eliza Green decided to honour her late grandma by hosting an Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea at Alberton Oval ahead of a Port Adelaide SANFL match.
“Going to the football with her is one of my best memories. I can’t think of a better way to honour her memory than to host an event at the club that she loved.”
Eliza welcomed over 150 guests ahead of the bounce down, and kept them entertained with a raffle, auction, guest speakers and special player appearances. In all, the event raised an amazing $4,500 for South Australians impacted by cancer.
“To know that the money I raise will make a small difference to someone else’s life means absolutely everything to me.”
Sam swam for the sisterhood
In February, Sam Smithson was one of 250 Marilyn Monroe look-a-likes who attempted to break a world record at the annual Marilyn Jetty Swim.
Just over six months earlier, Sam had received the devastating news that she had terminal cervical cancer and only a year left to live. She swam to raise awareness for all those impacted by cancer.
More than a year after her diagnoses she continues to share her story, inspiring others through her positivity, resilience and determination.
“As I swam, I noted my family and friends on the jetty. My emotions got the better of me again. To have them there was like icing on top of the cake. On completion of the swim and when my feet could touch the sandy bottom of the sea, I felt a lady grab my hand—we walked together out of that sea with pride...sisterhood at its best!”