24-Hour Fight launch kicks off big fundraising year

Thousands attended the event in 2019. Picture: Jeff McGill
Thousands attended the event in 2019. Picture: Jeff McGill

The 24-Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur is back - and the committee is hoping it will be bigger and better than ever.

Last year's 24-Hour Fight events were cancelled, including the popular walk, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

However, deputy chairperson Sue McGarrity said locals still managed to raise an impressive amount.

"Even with no events last year, we still raised $99,000," she said.

"That's all thanks to our sponsors and our teams who held their own fundraisers by walking in their neighbourhood or having a barbecue at home.

"We also held our raffle online this year and it was just as successful as previous years."

The charity raises funds supporting the Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, Camden Hospital Palliative Care Unit and Campbelltown Hospital's Oncology ward and Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit.

Ms McGarrity said the funds raised last year take them to a total of $4.8 million raised over 14 years.

"That means, God willing, that this could be our $5 million year," she said.

"We usually raise $275,000 to $300,000, so it is achievable."

The funds raised have been used to purchase specialised equipment, to fund therapy for patients and other services, including acupuncture, exercise and meditation to help with recovery.

"The big one for this year is that 24-Hour will be funding the cost of car parking for cancer patients at the hospital," Ms McGarrity said.

"At the moment, they have a concession, so they get three hours for free, but a lot of cancer patients who require extra treatment are there for longer than that.

"Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre will be the only centre in the state that can provide free parking for its patients."

Ms McGarrity said the committee was looking forward to running its full calendar of events this year.

"We can't wait. There will be 11 events in the lead up to the walk this year," she said.

"People can follow our Facebook page to stay up to date with what events are happening.

"We should be able to start registering teams online for the walk next week.

"The shirts will still be blue this year because we didn't get to use them last year, so I am looking forward to seeing that sea of blue."

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