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This year’s Climb for Cancer reached a new fundraising high, bringing in more than $243 589 to fund cancer research at Mater.
The 810 stair climb challenge, up Brisbane’s iconic Waterfront Place, was held on Sunday 28 May with 960 keen participants taking part.
Funds raised this year have more than doubled last year’s result and is the highest amount to be raised from the event since it started in 2012.
Mater Foundation Chief Executive Officer Nigel Harris said the end result from Climb for Cancer was an outstanding achievement for all involved.
“I would like to thank the participants, many corporate teams and those impacted by cancer, who not only challengedthemselves to train for the event, but also in their fundraising efforts.
“These funds will go a long way to help Mater researchers continue their vital work in cancer research, including making chemotherapy safer.”
Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia, accounting for more than three in every 10 deaths. By age 85, one in two men and one in three women are diagnosed with some form of cancer.*
A large contingent from Queensland’s emergency services took part this year and the annual Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) Challenge was made even more competitive with the QPS’ Public Safety Response Team taking to the stairs in full kit.
The QFES team was victorious once again, completing the stair climb with a combined time of 22 minutes, 11 seconds.
In the fundraising stakes, Taylor Major took out the honours with close to $14 000 and the top fundraising team was The Pringles with $13 996.
A number of Mater researchers, including Associate Professor Brian Gabrielli took their passion for cancer research out of the lab and onto the stairs as part of the Translational Research Institute team.
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Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2015