Welcome to 2019! To kick off the new year, we wanted to start by reflecting on some of our wonderful fundraisers who inspired us throughout 2018.
Narrowing our list down to just five fundraisers was no easy feat, believe us, but we did it! Get your tissue box ready and prepare to be inspired by some amazing individuals who went above and beyond for the causes they love.
Jimmy Ashby supporting MND Australia
In April, 19-year-old Jimmy Ashby from Adelaide set out to cycle around the world on his pushbike in order to become the youngest person to ever complete the journey.
After losing his beloved Gran to Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Jimmy decided to dedicate all 29,000 km’s around the world to raising money for this cause. To date, Jimmy has raised over $18,000 via Everydayhero to fund research and help find a cure for those living with MND.
Liam Twomey supporting Make-A-Wish Australia
Liam became a below the knee amputee at just seven years old, after doctors discovered that he had an Ewing’s Sarcoma. During this time, Liam recalls being in and out of the hospital and being constantly surrounded by medical staff. However, thanks to the team at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, these weren’t going to be his only childhood memories.
Fast-forward almost 20 years later and Liam is now in training to become a Paralympic Triathlete in the Tokyo 2020 Games. To ramp up his training and push his limits, Liam swam, rode and ran in the infamous Noosa Triathlon, while fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jesse Pannenburg supporting Childhood Cancer Association
Back in March, 11-year-old Jesse Pannenburg paid tribute to his sister, Holly, by shaving his long blonde locks during an assembly to raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Association.
Holly–who would have started primary school this year–sadly lost her seven-month battle with leukaemia just weeks before her first birthday. Jesse’s brave shave raised more than $5700 for the Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Laura Morrison supporting The Cancer Society of New Zealand
Starting her journey back in February, Laura and her car ‘Charlie’ set off from her hometown Picton, NZ and made their way up to Auckland to catch a boat to Aberdeen, Scotland (her dad’s hometown), before making their way through Europe and all the way to Africa.
Laura and her 1958 Morris Minor ‘Charlie’ are on the road trip of a lifetime in memory of her dad who passed away from Melanoma in 2016.
Along the way, Laura hopes to raise $30,000 for The Cancer Society of New Zealand’s Research Division who fund lifesaving cancer research programs. Laura and ‘Charlie’ are currently in Kenya and even though ‘Charlie’ has required a bit of love from local mechanics they are still going strong and have raised an amazing $22,500 to date!
Samuel Glancy supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation
At just 11-years-old, Samuel Glancy has a passion for photography and to help others– especially those that are sick or in need. With the diagnosis of Samuel’s Grandfather with terminal cancer in March 2016, Samuel learnt that children can get very sick too and he wanted to help.
Samuel asked his parents to start a fundraising page so he could use his photography to raise money for Sick Children. Samuel has raised over $5,000 for Starlight Children’s Foundation and counting!
If this list is anything to go by, it’s clear that we’re raising a generation of givers with so many passionate, inspired, and motivated young Aussie’s making a difference for charity.
Here’s to 2019 and the change makers it will bring. We can’t wait to see what our fundraisers will accomplish this year.