Cause close to home
NEDLANDS-BASED Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is the beneficiary of $1 million raised through the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer.
In the lead-up to the May 6 walk, Hawaiian’s team of 22 raised $82,000 towards a total of $925,000.
Hawaiian owners Mei and Chiu Chi Wen announced after the event that they would top up the fundraising pool to $1 million going to the Institute and its work towards finding a cure for breast and ovarian cancers.
Hawaiian chief executive Russell Gibbs said the company’s decision to partner with the Institute was personal, as several team members had experienced the trauma of cancer themselves or within their immediate family.
“This walk is very close to home for our team and I’m incredibly proud of their commitment to this great charity event,” Mr Gibbs said.
More than seven years ago, Hawaiian general manager of retail Alison Reid was enjoying the view at Cottesloe beach when she felt a pain under her arm - leading her to the discovery of a lump which proved to be cancer.
A few days later, Ms Reid was in the operating theatre, where 18 lymph nodes were removed before she began a course of six chemotherapy sessions.
“I never once thought that cancer could possibly beat me, nor would I let it,” she said.
This year, Ms Reid celebrates seven years of being cancer-free.
The Walk took more than 500 participants on a special journey across Perth to celebrate the women who have survived cancer, to give courage to the women who are still battling cancer, and to remember the mothers, sisters and friends who are no longer with us.
Participants in the Walk for Women’s Cancer raised almost $1 million.