Ter­ri­to­ri­ans raise big bucks for Can­Teen

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - IS­ABELLA HOOD

IT’S not ev­ery day you jump out of a per­fectly good aero­plane, but that’s ex­actly what 16 brave Dar­winites did re­cently.

In a bid to raise money and aware­ness for Can­Teen, the group took part in an ini­tia­tive called ‘Courage for Can­Teen’ where they faced their fears and com­pleted a 12,000ft skydive on Novem­ber 19 at Lee Point Beach.

Col­lec­tively, the dare­devil Ter­ri­to­ri­ans man­aged to raise around $100,000.

This will en­able Can­Teen to pro­vide con­tin­ued sup­port to lo­cal kids and fam­i­lies af­fected by can­cer. NT part­ner­ships man­ager Cara Fin­neran said this year’s ‘Courage for Can­Teen group’ did an “amaz­ing” job.

“The 16 sky­divers that were on board were all re­ally pas­sion­ate about the cause, which was fan­tas­tic to see,” she said.

“The sky­divers went out to all their net­works and got some key sup­port­ers in­volved.

“So it was great that the whole Dar­win com­mu­nity got be­hind us. With the money raised this year, we will be able to fund 2200 hours of sup­port to our young peo­ple through recre­ational days, pro­grams and in­ter­state op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

The con­cept of ‘Courage for Can­Teen’ was born last year and Ms Fin­neran said she hopes to see even more money raised at the 2018 event.

“Ev­ery year you like to im­prove and ob­vi­ously we hope we can raise even more.

“But above all it’s about rais­ing aware­ness and spread­ing the word about our ser­vices for young peo­ple aged 12-25 who are af­fected by can­cer,” she ex­plained.

Courage for Can­teen 2017

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