In August, teams from the Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne offices participated in the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation major fundraiser Step Up for Kids Cancer
raising funds and awareness for The Kids' Cancer Project
(TKCP). Staff were invited to walk, run, or hike 80km in 10 days and raise funds for TKCP.
Despite many of our staff being in lockdown, over 80 of our people signed up for the challenge. The challenge provided a platform to connect (virtually) in small groups, exercise and have fun while making a meaningful contribution to kids with cancer and their families.
The fundraising target was $500 per person. Some signed up as individuals and others formed teams to participate in the challenge. A number of fundraising incentives were offered to keep people connected and create some healthy competition. This included a daily photo challenge where participants were asked to send in a photo from their daily walk wearing their Step Up for Kids' Cancer cap. Photos were shared daily across our offices with the winner from the day receiving $200 towards their fundraising target. There were also rewards for the highest fundraiser and the fastest person to complete the 80km challenge.
The Foundation's matched giving campaign over the five days of the event ensured every dollar raised during this period had double the impact.
We smashed our $50,000 fundraising target, raising over $64,000
The money raised will support a post-doctoral researcher and associated experimental costs for year one of a three-year commitment to Dr Emmy Fleuren
who is researching a devastating, highly aggressive tumour called Sarcomas that disproportionately affects the young. Despite aggressive treatments, survival in these young patients is limited and harsh side-effects frequently occur, stressing the unmet need to identify novel, tumour-specific treatments.
In 2020, the Foundation launched its major partnership with TKCP in line with our strategic focus area of children. Since 2020, we have raised and donated $97,500 to TKCP and, to date, provided 169 hours, the equivalent of $80,530, in pro bono work.
We are incredibly proud of the support and team effort shown by our people.