Sharon has pledged to fight back against cancer at the 2017 Gold Coast Airport Marathon event by lacing up and running with husband Jason and Team Cancer Council Queensland.
Sharon has said that she wants to give hope to those affected by cancer so that no one has to experience the heartache that she has endured.
“Cancer has brought a black cloud over our family and finding a cure is a cause I feel very strongly about.”
Sharon will take part in a half marathon on July 2 and says that the idea to get involved was sparked by a skydiving fundraiser that her father did to raise money for a UK hospice where her mother stayed.
“Even though my family are suffering back in the UK, I feel like I need to do something to raise money locally” she said. To make sure I followed through, I wanted to be one of the first to register. This will be the biggest (running) challenge that I have done.
Her husband Jason will join Sharon in the half marathon and they are aiming to raise $1500 for Cancer Council Queensland.
To make a donation to Sharon and Jason please visit their online fundraising page.
Team CCQ ambassadors Chris Evans and Antony Sedman are a Queensland duo who have joined the fight against cancer.
Naming themselves the Wounded Pelicans they are embarking on 26 endurance events with an aim to raise $20,000 for Cancer Council Queensland.
Chris and Ant are fundraising throughout 2016 to reach their target, recently hosting a fundraising auction and dinner which raised over $6000.
“We decided to host an auction as we were accumulating items that were donated to our cause. It got to the stage where we had more than $3000 worth of prizes so an auction was a great way to turn the prizes into money. We wanted to do something to bring in extra funds and get us back on track” said Chris.
“We started by organising a venue and selling tickets through Eventbrite.com, promoting the event by messaging everyone we know and posting on social platforms, as this was the cheapest method.
“We then contacted local business to secure prizes. We found around 25 per cent of businesses responded, which was tough at times but we persisted.
“At the event we had 19 auction items and Pat Caroll was our auctioneer which was amazing! We sent him an email and he was inspired by our work and offered to help when our original auctioneer pulled out.
“Upcoming activities include a 24-hour treadmill challenge. We are endurance junkies so it made sense and creates a personal challenge for us. We have just had our park permit for the event approved with assistance from the local member for Burleigh and our partner cocoSamu are helping us gain exposure.”
Chris and Ant will be running Bridge to Brisbane dressed as human daffodils, which will be a breeze compared to the 42km’s they ran dressed in the same outfits at Gold Coast Airport Marathon. The costumes created a media stir and they hope to achieve the same again.
“It seemed like a great idea to ‘flower up’ as daffodils, as the daffodil is the international symbol of hope and the logo of Cancer Council Queensland.”
Chris and Ant are making a difference in the fight against cancer.
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