Make Cancer History walkers brave cold

A crowd braved the cold on Sunday morning for the third annual Make Cancer History Walk, raising much-needed money for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. 

A large gathering took part in the third annual Make Cancer History Walk around the grounds of Sovereign Hill on Sunday. The walkers raised money for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

A large gathering took part in the third annual Make Cancer History Walk around the grounds of Sovereign Hill on Sunday. The walkers raised money for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. PICTURE: JEREMY BANNISTER

Hosted by Sovereign Hill, thousands of dollars was raised for the institute with men, women and children taking part in either a two kilometre or four kilometre walk.

Taryn Farrugia was joined by more than 20 of her family members for the walk and said it was a good learning experience for the children.

“I just really wanted to teach the kids that you can give back before things even have a chance of happening,” Ms Farrugia said.

“It was just refreshing to be out there with the family and kids, doing something active and contributing to a good cause.

“Cancer can affect anyone and everyone. You think you’re invisible, but you’re not.”

Organisers were still adding up the net profits raised for the centre, but noted the event raised more than $3000 last year. 

Fiona Elsey was only 14 when she died in 1990 after her battle with cancer. 

Her name was given to the internationally recognised cancer research institute, which is undertaking crucial research into chemotherapy treatments.


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