I started working in aged care 12 years ago and during that time I saw many people and their families suffer from cancer. Then a few years ago my Nan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia and she passed rather quickly. All these sad events reinforced my desire to assist ACRF by fundraising. I believe it’s important to support cancer research, not only in hope of a cure one day, but for the advances in treatments, including less side effects, to aid in a better quality of life.
Since giving up my nursing career, I’ve been working in massage therapy and now thoroughly enjoy helping clients with reducing stress and promoting a sense of health and well-being. Running my own small business also gives me the important flexibility of spending more time with our young two children, Lucy and Connor. Outside of family commitments and fundraising, I try to slot in time with my horses too.
For my second ACRF fundraiser, I chose to host a dinner and murder mystery party; it’s something different and so much fun! The event was sold out a couple of months before the event date and there was a waiting list of others who wanted to attend. The party gave everyone the chance to dress up, enjoy a delicious three-course meal and dance the night away with new friends. A personal highlight of the evening was when my very poised six-year-old daughter welcomed everyone to the party.
The feedback from guests was really positive, and there were several requests for me to host another party next year! It is gratifying to raise $5,600 for ACRF, and I thank everyone for their support and generosity.
I would say to anyone thinking about organising an event to just have a go and do something that is fun. Every cent collected for cancer research does count.
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