Following successive years of record breaking attendance, the 2017 Melbourne “Put Your Foot Down” Walk for Pancreatic Cancer will take place on Sunday 7th May. Once again it will start at Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the Yarra River with the 5km route following the scenic river paths and return along the Southbank Promenade.
One of our newly appointed Foundation Governor’s, Isabella DiManno, is continuing her very popular fundraising “purple socks” sports initiative which will take place in 2017 on the weekend of Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th June.
On Friday March 24, Des Heffernan organised a golf day at the Mt. Barker-Hahndorf Golf Club in memory of his family friend, Peter Murphy, who lost his battle to Pancreatic Cancer in 2013. Des’ death motivated Peter to do something to help change the statistics by raising money for the Avner Foundation.
On Thursday night we launched a “Council of Governors” for the Foundation. The evening was attended by governors, directors and friends of the Foundation. The governors are people who have helped raise significant funds over the years and through their various activities have brought awareness to this underdog of cancers.
Anyone who has been involved with Pancreatic Cancer understands its vicious cycle, insufficient awareness and funding means it has fallen way behind in medical research. The lack of research means Pancreatic Cancer is almost always diagnosed when a sufferer is close to death. Almost no survivors means almost no awareness, which is why it receives insufficient funding.
We are so excited to announce that Peter FitzSimons, the author of “Kokoda”, and one of Australia’s biggest selling non-fiction authors of the last 15 years, has come on board as Ambassador for the “Wish You Were Here” team.
Anyone who has ever attended one of our walks will know we encourage everyone to come dressed up in purple (the international colour of Pancreatic Cancer) and the more creative the better! Prizes are awarded for the most creatively dressed adult, child and group and the reward for going to so much effort is a wonderful distinctive black and white “goody bag” filled to the brim with muk Haircare products.
We are so excited to announce that our 6th Hobart “Put Your Foot Down Walk” for Pancreatic Cancer raised a record breaking $14,506 (and still rising)! To put this into perspective our 2017 walk raised almost 7 times the amount raised at our first walk held way back in 2011.
On Sunday, March 26, our first “Put Your Foot Down” walk for Pancreatic Cancer for 2017 was held in Perth. The people of Perth never disappoint and we set a new record for participants and funds raised.