Sovereign Hill Make Cancer History Walk

31st May 2015
Ballarat, VIC

What's this fundraiser about?

SOVEREIGN Hill chief executive Jeremy Johnson swapped a suit for shorts and running shoes to join more than 150 people walking to Make Cancer History on Sunday 31st May 2015

Braving the chilly weather and steep inclines around the tourist museum, participants helped raise more than $2,000 for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

Mr Johnson said the walk was a great way to bring together people who had been affected in some way by cancer, while also raising much-needed funds for an organisation that played a pivotal role in cancer research. “This is a culmination of two community organisations. It makes a clear statement we have come together to help people with cancer,” he said.

“Most of us are touched by cancer some time in our lives ... there are a lot of people walking in memory of a person who had cancer.

“We’re very proud of the community.”

Ballarat’s Pearse family was just one of many who took part in the two- and four-kilometre events that set off at 9am from  Sovereign Hill’s Main Street.

Janine Pearse said it was great to see so many people supporting the local organisation that had brought hope to many people touched by cancer.

“Our family has been touched by cancer, so that’s why we’re here,” she said. “It’s a great cause.”

Fiona Elsey board member chairman Emeritus Professor Wayne Robinson said every dollar helped ensure researchers were a step closer to fighting cancer through research.

“Cancer is a disease that can be beaten ... it’s only through research we will discover how to treat it,” he said.

“The generosity by our community, we’re constantly both amazed and gratified by.”

Check out some photos from the day via the Courier website.