In-law inspires giv­ing

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

STEPHEN McCub­bin al­ways had at least one thing in com­mon with his late fa­ther-in-law: a love of the West Coast Ea­gles.

Mr McCub­bin lived with his wife and her 67-year-old fa­ther for five years be­fore he died from prostate can­cer in March 2012.

As a vol­un­teer for the Dig Deep cam­paign this month, Mr McCub­bin said his fa­ther-in-law inspired him to vol­un­teer with the Can­cer Coun­cil.

“To­wards the end of his life, we al­ways watched the footy to­gether and that was al­ways some­thing we shared. That’s how I got into volunteering with Dig Deep and also Run for a Rea­son,” he said.

Mr McCub­bin said he sold wrist­bands to raise money be­fore and dur­ing game breaks in Au­gust last year.

“Last year, I ran out of bands and had to sell them off my wrist. We had 10-year-old kids come up who had saved their pocket money to buy them,” he said.

Work­ing full-time as a com­mer­cial es­ti­ma­tor with two kids un­der six, Mr McCub­bin said he did not have a lot of spare time.

He said fundrais­ing or volunteering was not nec­es­sar­ily about giv­ing fi­nan­cially.

“Be­fore I got in­volved in a char­ity I never thought if I gave 3½ hours a cou­ple of times a year, the time I gave al­lowed Can­cer Coun­cil to raise more money,” Mr McCub­bin said.

He said he would raise his kids to be West Coast fans.

“My son is into su­per­heroes at the mo­ment and he asked why West Coast doesn’t like Fre­man­tle. I said ‘Oh they’re the vil­lains’,” Mr McCub­bin said.

Can­cer Coun­cil WA is aim­ing to raise $100,000 through the cam­paign this year.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d441391

Stephen McCub­bin will sell wrist­bands at the Ea­gles ver­sus Western Bull­dogs on Au­gust 23.

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