Last month, people across NSW clocked up 745,300 kms of walking, running, and moving under their own steam, all to raise funds for people affected by cancer.
Tanya Byrne from Cancer Council NSW thanked all involved for their incredible support of the March Charge Campaign, and for literally going the distance, equivalent to eighteen laps around the Earth.
‘The March Charge provides an opportunity for everyone, no matter what their fitness level, to get healthy and contribute to a cancer free future,’ she said.
‘Chargers took on the challenge of setting their own walking or running challenge over the course of one month,’ said Ms Byrne. ‘We also saw Chargers trying activities like cycling, swimming, tennis or dance.
‘Whatever the activity, the goal was the same: clock up the kilometres and feel the Charge you get when you tell cancer where to go.’
Millions raised by rallying together
In total, 11,134 Chargers raised a $2.6 million, making 2021 the biggest March Charge in history, and donations are still rolling in.
With 145,000 new cancer cases expected to be diagnosed in Australia this year, funds raised from The March Charge will go towards Cancer Council’s lifesaving cancer research, information and support services and cancer prevention programs to reduce cancer in the community.
Tanya Byrne said, ‘We know that the past year has been challenging for many people, so we are proud to see our communities taking to the streets, pools, gyms, and treadmills to support people affected by cancer who need our help, now more than ever.
‘And there’s also never been a better time to commit to challenging ourselves to be more physically active to improve our mental and physical health,’ she said.
It’s still not too late to donate to the March Charge.
Head to: www.themarchcharge.com.au.