This month, we interview Team Dot - a team that is made up of ten friends who have known each other since high school. Read below to see their heart-warming story of why they decided to join Relay for Life.
What made you decide to take part in Manly's first ever Relay for Life?
I heard the Relay was coming to Manly through work, and unfortunately around that time our co-captain Maddy's grandma, Dot, passed away with bowel cancer. Our team is named For Dot, and we'll be walking for her on the day, as well as the many other friends and family members of our team who have also suffered from cancer of some kind. We both wanted to get involved and do what we can to fight the disease, and also thought it would be a good opportunity to have a fun weekend with the girls as well.
Do you have some inspirational fundraising tips for other teams who are participating in Manly Relay for Life?
We've found the Cadbury Fundraising chocolates a great way to raise money because everyone seems to have an insatiable appetite for those things so when you put them on your desk at work they just seem to gradually disappear! They are so easy to order and are delivered to your door as well, and you get $20-30 profit per box you sell. We are also planning a market stall at Kirribilli Markets in August to do a bit of a spring clean of our wardrobes and raise money at the same time.
What advice do you have for those thinking of starting a team or joining an existing team?
DO IT! I know the 18 hours seem daunting, but cancer never sleeps. One of the committee members said to me when I made a team that someone with cancer would walk for much longer than 18 hours if it meant saying goodbye to the disease and I can't think of a better way to put it! Plus, it looks like it's going to be a really fun day with all the food and competitions the committee has organised.