After losing his sister Pat Vinci to breast cancer in 1997, Nick Pearson formed a team of his Alcoa workmates to join the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life.
The result was the Aluminators, who had a goal of raising $10,000 – a goal which was realised this week when his mother Sylvia Pearson made a donation in memory of her late daughter.
“When Mum heard that we were close to our goal, she wanted to be the one that tipped it over,” Nick said. “Mum’s always been a strong supporter of our efforts.
“For her, it’s personal.”
The Aluminators have been fundraising throughout the year with the help of Alcoa’s technology delivery division. They have sold chocolates, muffins and spring bulbs, organised a quiz night, and a supporter even held a ‘guess the weight of my soon-to-be-born baby’ competition.
All money raised goes to the Cancer Council to fund research and education programs.
This year is Relay for Life’s 10th anniversary. The first lap of the relay will be the ‘survivors’ walk’ in honour of the people who have battled cancer. Cancer survivors will wear a red sash as a symbol of their achievement, and carers will wear a green sash.
The relay involves teams of 10 to 15 people taking turns at keeping their baton moving around the track for 24 hours.
“It is tiring, but the event has a real buzz,” Nick said. “It’s like a giant carnival, but with a very deep purpose.”
Relay For Life will be held on May 1 at the WA Athletics stadium, Stephenson Avenue in Mount Claremont. People who would like to participate in the Survivors Walk should register by calling 1300 656 585.