Perth streets were lined with walkers this morning as more than 450 women and men joined together to make strides against cancer.
Participants in the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer collectively raised an impressive $900,000 to support ground-breaking women’s cancer research at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
The challenge event takes walkers on a 30km or 42km trek through Perth suburbs, starting at The University of Western Australia, and passing through Hawaiian shopping centres.
Perkins Director Professor Peter Leedman thanked walkers and supporters for their generosity and congratulated them for their efforts.
“I am in awe of the remarkable efforts of our walkers and the friends and family who have supported them on their journey to raise critical funds to beat women’s cancer,” Professor Leedman said.
“I know that one day we will have much better treatments for women’s cancer and medical research is the only way we can bring that day closer,” Professor Leedman said.
Walker, Louanne Callaghan, said she was motivated to join the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer after being diagnosed with breast cancer in February last year.
“My husband John and I heard about the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer last year through a beautiful friend, who I am walking with today. Last year I was not in any state to walk, so I encouraged her instead,” Louanne said.
“The Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancers has got me off my backside, and exercising again, and that was a huge feat! Not only is it a great fitness activity, it’s also a wonderful fundraising movement and will be our focus each year from now on.”
Professor Leedman also thanked the event’s title sponsor, the WA property group, Hawaiian.
“Hawaiian have generously supported vital cancer research at the Perkins through this wonderful event.”
“Thanks to the support of Hawaiian, our walkers and the WA community, our researchers can continue developing better medicines and advanced technologies, which have the potential to help millions of women.”