Great Wall of China bound

Six adventurous Aussies have set off on the Australian Cancer Research Foundation’s Charity Challenge across the Great Wall of China.

The Challenge – which goes from May 18-27 – will see them trekking across some of the most remote and breathtaking sections of the Great Wall whilst raising vital funds for cancer research.

To be eligible for the trip, individuals were given the task of fundraising a minimum amount of money ($5500).

Sydney’s Daniele Pandolfo rose to the challenge, and raised almost $10,000 by hosting a variety of Italian functions, including a ‘Slice for Life’ pizza party and a cocktail party at Hugo’s.

Meanwhile Natasha Williams (also pictured – above far right) from Cairns ran a successful raffle, a football day, sold chocolate frogs and received generous donations from local businesses and her family. Ably assisted by her husband Sean, who helped sell raffle tickets and frogs, Natasha soon met her target.

“I was overwhelmed by the support,” said Natasha. “The raffle featured a selection of amazing prizes like a night at the Cairns Hilton in Cairns, a bottle of Moet & Chandon, and dinners at various great Cairns restaurants including the Raw Prawn.”

Natasha, who works for QantasLink, first read about the Charity Challenge in the QantasLink magazine and decided she wanted to raise funds for cancer research.

Similarly, Sharyn and Annabelle set their hearts on the Charity Challenge after they saw it on their workplace intranet site. Their fundraising efforts consisted of sausage sizzles, raffles, charity dinners and selling lots and lots of chocolates!

“We received fabulous support from a local restaurant called Food N Soul1 at Auchenflower and some great raffle prizes from Australia Zoo and the Queensland Bulls,” said Annabelle.

Well done to Daniele, Natasha, Sharyn, Annabelle and all the ACRF Charity Challengers! Your hard work is ensuring that vital research continues in the battle against cancer.