60km Walk to Cancer

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Six local women are walking 60 km in an effort to fundraise for cancer research. Their commitment to the cause is based on love for fellow women and families who have been touched by cancer. The six women are training as a team, and you may see them walking the streets in their pink shirts. Get on down to their first fundraiser at The Hoey Moey or if you come across them in our streets, please give them a honk and show your support!

What is the Chris O’Brien Life House Cancer Research Organisation?
It is a world-class not-for-profit integrated cancer treatment centre and is now a fully operational cancer hospital. The centre provides uncompromising care to people living with cancer, their carers and their families.

A group of six local Coffs Harbour ladies plan on walking for 60 kilometres, all in the name of cancer research? Let us introduce Tanya Slaviero, Donna Voglsinger, Carolyn Perkins, Jodie Ellicott, Naomi Loader and Kyanne Kachel. It’s women like you in our community that make the world a better place; on behalf of everyone in Coffs Harbour, thank-you! Where does your passion for cancer research derive? Have you had a personal experience? Why this particular event?
Our commitment is based on our love for our fellow sisters, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, nieces, and friends. Whilst some of us have experienced women’s cancer in our families, we are doing this based on the realisation that we each need to do our part in this fight. We can walk and we can raise funds to help in the efforts to end women’s cancers. We can and choose to be a part of this movement to fight women’s cancers and are asking the Coffs Coast Community to help us.

How much money do you hope to raise locally, and what are your fundraising events?
To be eligible to participate in the walk, each team member must raise a minimum of $2000 – that’s $12000 for our team. We have several fundraising events planned, starting with a “Cocktail for a Cure” party at the Hoey Moey on Friday 8th May at 6:30pm. Tickets are $40 each, and this entitles you to a cocktail/beer, finger food, entertainment, and lucky door prizes! Tickets can be purchased at the Hoey Moey, Blush Makeup and Beauty Salon, Dealer Direct or any of our team.
Anyone and everyone is welcome, so please come along; it will be a great night!

How does one train to walk 60 kilometres?
We are all in training now preparing for the 60 km. Once the cooler months come and we have our team sponsored shirts, we will be walking longer distances in team training sessions. We need to be able to walk 30 km a day. It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re ready to do something bold and powerful in an effort to help end women’s cancers. So if you see us on the streets in our bright pink team shirts, give us a toot for encouragement!

We can’t miss you all in your bright pink tees! Are you having lots of fun along the way?
We are all about women’s cancer, so the pinker the better when it comes to our team shirts. To be honest, we are all very anxious about the amount of money that must be raised to be able to walk. We are all good friends and have committed to doing this as a team. $2,000 would be easier to raise than $12,000, but we wouldn’t have as much fun if we had to do it alone. We know that by the end of this journey we will have raised money that will have helped save someone’s mother, sister, daughter, aunty, friend, and that in itself makes it fun and rewarding.

In Sydney, how many people do they hope will participate in the walk, and how much does the overall event raise?
The event is in its third year, and they are expecting 1,500 walkers. Since 2013, The Weekend to End Women’s Cancers raised over $5.7 million for the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

If I was a business owner and I wanted to support you, how could I get involved? 
We are asking businesses to donate and in return we will proudly display their business name on our shirts that we will be wearing to all fundraising events, team training sessions and the walk. Shirt sponsorships start at $250. We would also love to hear from any business that can donate gifts, vouchers, or anything that we can raffle or use as prizes. If you would like to donate to our cause, you can go to our fundraising page.
We would like to thank our major sponsors so far: The Hoey Moey, Dealer Direct, Magann O’Rourke Loader Property Valuers and Consultants, Marcus Kachel’s Transport and Subway. Our HERO sponsor is the Pink Silks Perpetual Trust; the donation that they have given us towards this cause is overwhelming, and we are so very grateful to the Pink Silks committee for giving us an amazing head start to our campaign.
This is our journey, but it’s a journey creating hope for every woman’s future.
Don’t stand back and think about what you could have done – take that first step today! By donating to this cause, together we’re going to help change lives.

Team name: Walkie Talkies
Phone: 0408 526 673

Thanks ladies.

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