In-law inspires giving
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.
Stephen McCubbin will sell wristbands at the Eagles versus Western Bulldogs on August 23.