Support the fighters, admire the survivors, honour the taken, and never, ever give up hope.
This was Cat Larsen's mantra as she worked tirelessly to raise $5000 for Cancer Council SA - Reserach for a Cure, and over $6000 for the Whyalla Chemotherapy Unit.
Cat shaved her head to help raise the $11,000 in funding, but didn't stop there with her fundraising efforts, she also fed the town through a series of fundraisers including:
- BBQ Breakfasts at Liberty GFG (5am Starts)
- Burger Feast Lunch at Liberty GFG
- Chocolate sales around Whyalla of nearly 8000 chocolate bars
- Lucky Square Raffles
- Bottle and Can Recycling Drive
Ms Larsen thanked all those who bought a chocolate bar, a lucky ticket, donated to the Can & Bottle Drive, donated their time and/or money to the cause, ate the BBQ Brekkies or enjoyed the Burger Fest.
Cancer has had a big impact on Ms Larsen's family. She's lost her brother, father-in-law and other close family friends to the devsatating disease.
"I have sat with others while they are having treatment and seen the terror in their eyes," she said.
"My friend found out she had bowel cancer just before she turned 50, and I felt totally useless so I wanted to do something to support her.
"I thought I would raise some money for the Cancer Council and chemo unit...the chemo unit do such a brilliant job in regards to supporting people who are on that journey."
Doing the hard yards is an understatement when it came to Cat's fundraising efforts - she woke up at 4am to do BBQ breafasts at GFG Alliance, where she works, along with hitting the pavement to sell thousands of chococlate bars around Whyalla.
"I work Monday to Thursday and have Fridays off, so I would get up and get out to GFG at 5am to sell egg and bacon rolls, iced coffees and juices," she said.
"Last Friday I did a burger fest for the steelworks, did 78 hamburgers with juices and muffins, I delivered them out to each department."
Cat topped it off with shaving her hair at the Eyre Hotel, with half of the proceeds going to the Cancer Council and the other half to the chemo unit.
Her efforts were supported by 20-year-old Joshua Atkinson, who shaved his hair and beard on the night to raise an additional $500 for the cause.
Cat thanked the following businesses for their donations and support:
- Headroom Hair & Beauty
- The Green Economy
- The Garden Centre - Plants Plus
- Mitre 10
- Terry White Pharmacies
- RI Engineering
- Spendless Shoes
- Whyalla Country Arts
- Avid Engineering
- And many more.
To support Cat's fundraising efforts, head to https://www.doitforcancer.com.au/fundraisers/catlarsen.