Every little bit counts: Spotlight on Bowel Cancer Australia’s community fundraisers

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From the fun and quirky, to the inspiring and challenging, every week our creative supporters come up with simple ideas that have a big impact on their community and our charity.

So, in this special article we’re featuring some of our inspiring community supporters—those individuals and community groups who have rolled up their sleeves and accepted our humble challenge: to make every little bit count!
Bowel Cancer Australia Community Fundraising Maddison Teat 665
High school head shave
17-year-old Maddison Teat from Maitland came up with a simple, yet inspiring idea to raise awareness of bowel cancer ahead of her high school formal. While Maitland High School's class of 2015 fiddled with ties, adjusted gowns and crafted immaculate ringlets in their hair for their school formal, Maddison was preparing for the rattle of clippers to leave her with only a few millimetres of hair. She was planning to shave her head at her year 12 formal in memory of her mother Rachael, who sadly passed away from bowel cancer in 2014. The head shave took place on a stage in Newcastle City Hall, culminating with Maddison triumphantly holding up her severed ponytail while her peers and teachers cheered. Thanks to the support from her school, family and friends, Maddison raised $3,000 for Bowel Cancer Australia and. Read more: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/east-maitland-student-shaves-head-for-cancer-maitland-mercury
News Bowel Cancer Australia Julie Toner 665

Neighbourhood fancy dress walk
Despite having a family history of bowel cancer, Julie Toner was floored when she was diagnosed with a stage four cancer in August 2012, only two weeks after her 40th birthday. Now in remission the Hoppers Crossing resident hosts a fundraiser every year for Bowel Cancer Australia. Last year, she asked Wyndham residents to don a Santa suit or Christmas-themed costume and join her Santa walk along the banks of the Werribee River, finishing up at Kelly Park with children’s activities, food and a market. Read more: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/santas-walk-the-talk-wyndham-weekly
News Community Fundraising Yoga in Park 665
Yoga in the park
Yoga enthusiast Catherine Graue held a yoga fundraiser during Bowel Cancer Australia's Be Well Week in September, an annual initiative that encourages Aussie women to make their health and wellbeing a priority. Catherine’s yoga fundraiser was a huge success with around 20 ladies turning out for a morning of yoga, sunshine and fresh air in the local park. The group raised around $350 in donations from the yoga session, bringing Catherine’s total Be Well Week fundraising tally close to $1400, far exceeding her initial target. Read more: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/fit-and-fun-yoga-be-well-week
News Steven Cook 665

Kicking bowel cancer
Steven Cook’s battle with bowel cancer made the Wagga resident determined to ensure his local community is vigilant when it comes to cancer prevention. The father-of-two was an active swimmer and football player with Group 9’s Wagga Brothers but had not been well enough to play a game since his diagnosis. Steven designed special jerseys for the Brothers’ players to wear, bringing attention the issue of bowel cancer and helping raise awareness. He also attended the game to hand out information about bowel cancer and organised for a jersey to be auctioned after the game to raise money for Bowel Cancer Australia. “The footy club has been through the whole journey with me,” said Steven. “They were absolutely, 100 per cent supportive of the idea.” Read more: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/wagga-resident-hoping-to-kick-bowel-cancer-the-daily-advertiser
From Textbook to Trivia
Murray Bridge High School student Tenille Schulz pulled out all the stops for her health assignment ’promoting awareness of a health issue in the community’, organising a school quiz night to raise much needed funds and awareness. "I decided on bowel cancer because it's the second biggest cancer killer but it's not as promoted as much as breast cancer and yet it's one of the most preventable," Tenille said. Her initial goal was to raise $500, but ended up raising more than $1200 for Bowel Cancer Australia. Read more: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/funds-for-research-murray-valley-standard
On the road
What better way to support a cause close to your heart than driving an 18-year-old Ford Transit Ambulance named Olive for over 14,000km, through 14 countries, for 37 days from London to Mongolia! That's exactly what adventurers Caitlyn, Dan, Elly and Grace (an Australian/English Party of Five) did for the Mongol Rally. After a challenging start, the crew made it to the finish line in one piece, not only coming away with experiences they'll cherish forever, but also raising much needed funds for Bowel Cancer Australia and the Christina Noble Children's Foundation. Read more: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/community-fundraisers-in-acton-mongol-madness-with-the-party-of-five
Marathon netball night
Combining their love of netball and neon lights the creative crew at Cohuna Kangas Football Netball Club hosted an overnight netball marathon to raise funds and awareness for Bowel Cancer Australia. The idea behind Cohuna Kangas Neon Netball came from a group of friends at the club who had seen two good friends be touched by bowel cancer, in the space of three short months. The Neon Netball marathon ran from 7pm to 7am the next day. There were two courts in full swing until midnight, and then down to the one for the long haul. Participants were dressed in lots of different bright and fun costumes, making for a very entertaining 12 hours. The club smashed their original target of $3,000, collecting over $18,000! See the photos here: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/community-fundraisers-in-action-cohuna-kangas-football-netball-club
High Tea for ‘BC’
Good friends Callie, Michelle and Jennelle, had all been touched by bowel cancer in one way or another. To show their support for the cause, the girls held a ladies high tea in their backyard and provided delicious food and drinks for guests who paid to come along and join in the fun. The garden was decorated to create a magical array of red, pink and white bunting, lanterns and flowers. There was a guessing competition, a coin toss and 'Pin the Spot on the Teapot', as well as a photo booth. There was even a hashtag attached to the pics taken as a means of raising awareness and starting conversations about what is sometimes considered to be an uncomfortable condition to discuss. The event, 'High Tea for BC' was a huge success, with a whopping $2,655 raised for Bowel Cancer Australia. Read more: https://www.bowelcanceraustralia.org/community-fundraising-awareness/community-fundraisers-in-action-high-tea-for-bc
Bowel Cancer Australia relies entirely on donations and the support of hard-working and enthusiastic fundraisers across the country to continue our work. To learn how you can get involved visit our How You Can Help webpage
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