So what is jigsaws for a cure all about?
Cancer. I doubt there's anyone reading this without some first-hand experience of its impact. The past 6 months have been particularly hard on my family and friends - the pain is exacerbated when you lose young lives, with young families, where the hole left is vast, and the grief net cast wide.
I've also been impacted by the success that science can deliver in this area. My mother and cousin have both beaten breast cancer. Herceptin (trastuzumab) which was critical to my mother's success, was only approved for use in Australia in 2000. My best friend, who recently passed after an 8 year battle, outlived expectation by at least 5 years due to a series of clinical trials, for which he was an ideal candidate due to his personal dedication to understanding his illness and his recovery.
Through my day job at Community News Group in WA I am privileged to be able to use our campaigning media platform to support the work of the Harry Perkins Institute in finding cures for cancer and genetic diseases. Fundraising is through personal challenges - the maca 200 for cancer (cycling), Perth running festival and coming up on 4 May, walk for women's cancer.
This is where jigsaws for a cure comes in.
14 of us associated with Community News are walking 35km with a goal to raise at least $1,000 each to fund research at The Perkins Institute.
Edge of Glory, Guy and Tasch Turner (That's us training last weekend, below!) are looking to our community to help us raise funds for this important cause.
There's 2 ways you can do this.
1. Buy jigsaws! All proceeds after postage for jigsaws bought from now to the end of April will be added to our fundraising goals of $2,000. That's about 80 jigsaws, so please tell your friends or do your present shopping in bulk! Just click on 'buy now' over on your left.
2. Donate directly to our campaign (direct donations are tax deductible)
Finally, a bit of a training update. Tasch and I love our hiking, but we get the feeling that 35km is going to be as challenging as Everest Base Camp. Total walking time is 7-8hrs. We are back to racking up the kms after a bit of an interruption when I blew an ankle. Some cortisone and orthodics later, we are back on track.