“We like to get people together and try and make a difference; and you guys are doing it!”
Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research Director Peter Leedman gave this testimonial as he thanked the members of the Plymouth Brethren’s Rapid Relief Team (RRT) for their efforts during the Perth 2018 Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer event.
The day was beautiful; 28°C and sunny, at Perth’s University of Western Australia James Oval where the finish line of the grueling marathon-length walk was established. Professor Peter Leedman was personally greeting the weary participants as they crossed the finish line, handing each a potted rose plant in recognition of their achievement. RRT were close at hand providing 800 bottles of water and nearly 500 free gourmet sausage in a bun meal.
A minimum of $1,000 was raised by each participant to take part in the event, with a total of over $900,000 being raised by over 450 devoted walkers. Each walker had a choice of either a 30km or 42km route through Perth’s beautiful outdoors. Every dollar raised by the walkers for the Hawaiian Walk for Women’s Cancer is used to ensure Perkins researchers can continue finding better treatments, prevention and diagnostics for women’s cancers.
The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, named as such, in honour of inaugural Chairman, the late Harry Perkins AO is one of the nation’s leading adult medical research centres. In the last 30 years the prognosis for those unfortunate enough to be diagnosed with women’s cancer has improved greatly. According to Australian statistics the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer has improved from 72% in 1987 to 90% in 2016; this improvement is a direct result of medical research such as that of the Perkins Institute.
RRT feels honoured to take part in this event supporting the medical research of this disease which affects the lives and families of so many Australian women. We thank the many volunteers and donors who make our work possible.