Local family team raising money to fight cancer

TOUCHED by breast cancer, local family members Pauline, Maree and Louise Cooper have decided to continue their fundraising efforts by entering the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers walk.

Having already raised $12,000 from a pink tent at Sale Cup in 2011 and 2012 towards breast cancer research, the family will aim to raise $2000 each to participate in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer from March 1 next year.

“In previous years we had a pink tent at Sale Cup and raised $12,000,” Pauline said.

“That was for breast cancer research; this is for all women’s cancers.”

Pauline has already begun training for the event, which will result in her and her daughters walking 60km through Melbourne over two days.

Proceeds from the weekend will help fund cancer research and clinical care at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only public hospital solely dedicated to cancer and home to Australia’s largest cancer research group.

“Peter MacCallum is the first port of call,” Pauline said.

“They look after consultation, research and the genetic side of things,” Maree added.

Fundraising efforts so far have included a cake stall at Central Gippsland Health Service, which raised $800, and a casual clothes day at Longford Primary School.

However, needing to raise $2000 each, there is still a long way to go, and the family is planning a crackerjack bowls fundraiser at the Lakeside Club, Sale, on November 10.

Cost will be $40 for a team of four, or $10 single entry, with sausage sizzle and entertainment included.

Participants are asked to wear flat soled shoes, thongs or bare feet, with bowls provided.

Maree said her youngest son’s school, Longford Primary School, held a casual clothes day for gold coin donation, and they were trying to get more schools on board.

Pauline said people could also donate online.

“There have been a lot of fundraising efforts going on lately, but we think this is very important,” she said.

“A lot of families are affected (by cancer).

“If people don’t want to come to the bowls day, they can donate online.”

Registrations for the bowls day close on November 8.

To register, phone Pauline on 5143 0309 or email pcvcsale@yahoo.com.au or maree.cooper@hotmail.com

To donate online, visit endcancer.org.au and click on the green donate button.

Participant numbers are Pauline 110648-0, Maree 110647-9 and Louise 110646-8.