Captain Australia’s Big Walk

Captain Australia’s Big Walk

Superhero up for science and support Captain Australia’s Big Walk as he treks the East Coast with nothing but the essentials.

Captain Australia is used to making our community a better place. This year, he’s taking on his biggest challenge yet as he walks 2,400kms to raise vital funds for childhood cancer research.

 

Where it all began

Four years ago, the man behind the mask, Simon, was diagnosed with head and neck cancer. There was a 40-60 percent chance that chemo-radiation would beat the disease, and Simon would have six months to live if treatment failed. He beat the odds! But even though he survived cancer, he continues to pay a horrible price, dealing with side effects and the threat of recurrence for the rest of his life.

No child should have to endure that.

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When Simon was 15 years old, he was forced to leave home. He slung a pack on his shoulder and walked from Brisbane to Sydney (1000km) over a span of 27 days, sleeping under bridges, on beaches, in bushes. That was his first quest, and one that saw him find strength, hope, healing.

This epic trek inspired Captain Australia’s Big Walk, in support of The Kids Cancer Project. The Captain will walk from Brisbane to Melbourne over ten weeks starting on Sunday 26 December 2021. He will be sleeping rough, with no help from planes, trains, buses or cars to transport him along the way.

“Children with cancer is unacceptable. We have to do everything we can as a society to help prevent and cure paediatric cancers.”

Simon’s own cancer journey was gruelling, but seeing children going through the same treatments inspired him to make a difference.

Funds raised through Captain Australia’s Big Walk will go directly to The Kids’ Cancer Project, funding new treatments and research into all childhood cancers.

Captain Australia’s goal is to raise awareness and money to help fund valuable scientific research to find better treatments options and a cure for childhood cancers so that kids have a better chance of survival.

We can’t wait to see how Captain Australia goes. If you live on the East Coast of Australia, express your interest and join Simon in a leg to show your support!

Want to help now? Donate to his challenge and help Captain Australia reach his goal of $250,000.

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