City Fertility Centre staff members Tania Stephen, Kim Nudl and Nicky Catakovic, plus Nicky’s sister Janet Van Rijssen, laced up their walking shoes last week to challenge themselves at the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers’ 60km walk.
The two-day walk raised funds for the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. The event was the culmination of months of fundraising activities by the City Fertility Angels team, who amassed a total of $10,095.
Fuelled with energy and enthusiasm, the women started their walk bright and early at 7.30am on Saturday (October 25).
“During the walk, we were grateful to be greeted and supported with amazing hospitality from local residents who gave us drinks and ice blocks to help us along the way,” said City Fertility Patient Services Coordinator Tania.
Battling the scorching heat, the women completed the 30km first leg of the walk about 3pm.
By day two, the City Fertility team were blistered, sore and one angel down – but they did not let that stop them. Half hobbling and half sprained, Tania, Nicky and Janet were delighted to cross the finish line.
“We are proud to contribute towards the amazing work of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute,” said Nicky, who is City Fertility Centre’s Marketing Manager. “We would personally like to thank everyone who has supported us, including the staff at City Fertility.
“We would also like to thank two other team members, Coral Reynolds and Nadia Brandon-Black, who were unable to participate on the day. We could not have achieved such a great fundraising result without their help and dedication towards this worthy cause.”
The City Fertility Angels raised money through raffles and events such as a trivia night at Brisbane’s Normanby Hotel in July. Proudly hosted and supported by City Fertility Centre CEO Adnan Catakovic, the trivia night attracted 40 people and raised $1500.
The City Fertility Angels look forward to supporting the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers again in 2015.