If ocean swimming is your thing, there are a number of swimming challenge events held in Australia each year- something for every level and ability – that you could enter to raise funds for gynae research.
Ocean swim challenges range from major competitions such as the ‘Cooly Classic’ in Queensland’s Coolangatta to local events such as the Lorne Pier-to-Pub Swim in Victoria.
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The Mighty Maui Divas
We’re thrilled that ANZGOG’s Dr Sally Baron-Hay and her swimming group, the Mighty Maui Divas, headed off to Hawaii in August to brave The Maui Channel Swim – a challenging 16km race in pot luck weather and sea conditions – to raise money for GO for Gynae.
The Divas, including Captain Amanda Gillis (Captain), Dr Sally Baron-Hay, Tracey Browne, Margaret Edie, Micky Mylne and Dr Elizabeth Swinburn, swam for a cause that is extremely important to this all female squad – the fight to cure ovarian cancer.
The initial fundraising target for the Divas was $2,000, however in response to the overwhelming support they received from family, colleagues and friends, they increased their goal to $25,000.
GO the Divas!
On Sunday, 2 February 2014, I swam in the 2km Cole Classic from Shelly to Manly beach in Sydney. When I registered in November, I was asked to pick my ‘charity of choice’.
I chose ANZGOG because I am an Ovarian Cancer survivor, I have fundraised for ANZGOG in the past, I’m on their Consumer & Community Committee and Professor Michael Friedlander is my treating oncologist.
I belong to Sydney Survivors Health & Fitness Centre, my husband & I train there almost daily and they teach us how to live in health, how to exercise and eat well. The Cole Classic was a challenge that I would never have dreamed of taking on prior to diagnosis.
My ovarian cancer experience inspired me to change my lifestyle and attitude.
Three weeks prior to swimming, I got a call from ANZGOG asking me if I needed any help in my fundraising efforts. With the end of year craze, I had completely forgotten I even registered for the event. So I posted my Everyday Hero page up and set a goal of $500.
Within 12 days I received $3,850.00 in donations, and on the Cole Classic website I was ranked 2nd on the leader board of highest individual funds raised. Not only did I receive a huge amount in donations, I received over a hundred messages of support including emails from women battling cancer saying when they see survivors complete events like this it gives them hope.
I had people turn up to the finish line to cheer me on, and I felt amazing.
I felt grateful beyond words to be alive, I was reminded of all the women who are fighting for their health, and I was as proud as punch to be able to give back to those who helped me when I needed it.