By Sarah Templeton, Westlawn Wealth Management 14 February 2014
Back in 1985, a doctor from Tacoma, Washington, USA had a bright idea for raising money for his local American Cancer Society office. He would run laps around the track at the nearby university stadium for 24 hours and invite family and friends to run or walk with him for 30 minutes at a time. For that privilege, they would each pay $25.
After a gruelling 63 miles around the Baker Stadium track, with both moral and financial support from family, friends and patients, Dr Gordy Klatt raised over $27,000 for the fight against cancer.
Nearly 30 years on, the Relay For Life is now held across the globe with thousands of events taking place each year… including right here in Grafton.
This year, the Westlawn Wallys will join the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life at McKittrick Park, South Grafton on the weekend of 22 and 23 March.
And while the Relay For Life is still more than a month away, the Westlawn Wallys have been hard at work fundraising for this worthy cause
“We kicked off our fundraising efforts back in January. The Westlawn Wallys organised an Australia Day Sausage Sizzle for staff in our Grafton office on the Friday before the long weekend. We raised $100 from hungry staff during that lunchtime event,” said Westlawn Wallys team captain, Meghan Nelson.
“We’re also running an ‘8 Week 100 Club’ lucky prize draw giving away $50 to one lucky winner each week. From this, we’ve raised a further $400, and combined with our Relay For Life raffle ticket sales and a generous $50 donation, we’ve raised over $560 so far.
“So, we’re now a quarter of the way towards reaching our goal of $2,000,” Meghan said.
Fellow Westlawn Wallys team organiser and Account Executive for Westlawn Insurance Brokers, Nikki Cousemacker, encouraged everyone to join in the Relay For Life.
“So far we have 24 eager team members registered in our Westlawn Wallys team … and there’s still time to register, whether that’s with the Westlawn Wallys or another team. But you will definitely have to register if you want to actively participate in the relay,” Nikki said.
“Remember, everyone’s welcome and you don’t have to walk for the whole 18 hours of the relay. You can choose to walk for a much shorter time if you prefer,” Nikki added.
If you can’t participate in the Relay For Life, you can still support the Westlawn Wallys’ fundraising efforts.
“Coming up over the next few weeks, we’ve got some terrific fundraising events happening. You can buy tickets in our “Ultimate Party Pack” raffle where you’ll go into the draw to win a fully stocked Jim Beam esky with all the essentials for that ultimate party. And during the relay, we’ll be holding a cake stall where you can buy some delicious treats, and then there’s the official Relay For Life raffle,” added Meghan.
Support the Westlawn Wallys in the fight against cancer
If you’d like to join the Westlawn Wallys team or help support our fundraising efforts in any way, contact our friendly Westlawn Wallys team captain, Meghan Nelson, at email@example.com
And if you’re feeling generous and would like to make a donation, visit the Westlawn Wallys donation page on the official Relay For Life website at http://relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2014/grafton_2014/Westlawn-Wallys