In 2021, our Cherish Challenge was to trek the iconic Larapinta Trail, raising funds for research and awareness about gynaecological cancer.
34 people from across Australia grabbed their sense of adventure and purpose and committed to the Cherish Challenge Larapinta 2021.
Despite restrictions on travel due to COVID-19, most of our bold Cherish team made it to Australia’s red centre to complete the trek. Yes, it was fun to explore the rugged terrain, talk and laugh with like-minded people, swim or wade through remote rivers and sleep under a blanket of stars.
But, more importantly, the Cherish team raised $220,000 to help fund research that gives hope to thousands of women and girls with gynaecological cancer in Australia. That is what makes our hearts burst! For funding is what our research teams need to advance much-needed research.
If you would like to join the next Cherish Challenge, please let us know. We need people like you to make a difference in the lives of women and girls with gynaecological cancer.
If trekking is not your thing, please consider donating or offering your support in other ways.
Each year in Australia, over 6,500 women and girls are diagnosed with gynaecological cancer. One-third of these women will not do well. We urgently need to improve the odds of surviving gynaecological cancer, and the most effective way is through research. Our teams of researchers are ready. They are only limited by the funds available.
Day 1 – Arrive in Alice Springs
Day 2 – Telegraph Station to Wallaby Gap (13.5km) and onto Nicks Campsite (8.5km)
Day 3 – Nicks Campsite to Simpson’s Gap (10km) plus Standley Chasm and Lookout Walk. (5km)
Day 4 – Serpentine Gorge to Charle’s Camp (13km), optional walk to Serperntine Chalet Dam (2km)
Day 5 – Charle’s Camp to Ochre Pits (8km), optional walk to Ormiston Gorge to Finke River (10km)
Day 6 – Mount Sonder (16km), early morning sunrise walk
Day 7 – To Alice Springs
Day 1 – Telegraph station to Wallaby, visit Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm Loop Walk (7km)
Day 2 – Serpentine chalet Dam to Ochre Pits (8km)
Day 3 – The Ormiston Pound Walk (7km)
Day 4 – To Alice Springs
Gillian was the first person to register and feature as one of our ‘trek champions’ is Gillian. Read Gillian’s story on why she registered to walk to raise money for gynaecological cancer research here.
Why is Monika preparing to take on the next Cherish Challenge, hiking the epic Larapinta Trail with her husband and daughter and why is fundraising for research so important to her? Find out here.
It would have been much easier for this busy CEO to simply make a donation to Cherish. But Ella Bache CEO Pippa Hallas has chosen to take part in the Cherish Challenge Larapinta 2021 in person, giving up her time and energy to hike for three days in Australia’s red centre. Find out why and how you can join her here.
Dr Andrea Garrett is one of the bold individuals who trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2019, raising funds for Cherish to support gynaecological cancer research. Dr Garrett is stepping it up again and has registered for our next trek, the iconic Larapinta Trail. We talked with Dr Garrett about why she thinks it’s so important to support research and why she is joining the next Cherish Challenge. Read more here.
This story shows what you can expect if you or someone you know steps up for the Cherish Trek. You can help raise awareness about gynaecological cancer and raise funds – 100 per cent of which go directly towards supporting vital medical research. From the time you sign-up to the day of celebration, the Cherish Trek is the experience of a lifetime. Take a look for yourself. You may be inspired to join us!
From the moment you register for a Cherish Challenge adventure until you return safely home, we will be with you every step of the way. We will offer support with advice, tools, resources and fundraising ideas to help you achieve your goals. We also know that if you plan ahead and break your fundraising down into manageable chunks, you’ll enjoy the rewards.
Together we are raising funds for Cherish’s nominated research partner – the Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Research (QCGC Research). This is your opportunity to help the 6,000 women and girls diagnosed with gynaecological cancer in Australia each year. QCGC Research works to find less invasive diagnosis and treatment for these cherished women.
We’d love to see your fundraising efforts. You can share them with us via our Facebook and Twitter accounts and by hashtagging #CherishChallengeLarapinta2021
Once you have committed to Cherish Challenge Larapinta 2020 you will want to set up your fundraising page and get your fundraising started towards your $3,500 goal.
Please contact the Cherish team if you need any further information or assistance with registration and/or fundraising.
It’s great to have you on the team going bush for women’s cancer! By registering, you’ve taken the first step towards helping the 6,000 women and girls diagnosed with gynaecological cancer each year in Australia. Now, here comes the fun part – raising funds to support life-changing research.
We’re creating some useful tools to help you get as many friends, family members, workmates and sponsors behind your fundraising efforts. If there’s something else that you need, please get in touch. The more money we raise together, the more research we can support. Good luck and have fun!
Add an image to your digital signature as a regular reminder that you’re asking for donations. Choose from Red, Navy, Black or White image backgrounds.
Email template – call for support
Start with a list of the 10 people most likely to support you in this challenge. Copy and paste this message into the body of an email and send it out to your contacts. Remember, people are more likely to respond to a personal request, so where possible include a special note for your friends, family and colleagues.
Employer’s letter – call for support
Personalise this letter to approach your employer or a business you work with for support. Before you send it, consider how the business will benefit from your participation in the Cherish Challenge.
Fill in the blanks for your fundraising event, insert the words into the body of an email and hit ‘send.’
Tailor this interactive invitation invite for your fundraising event, attach it to an email and hit ‘send’.
Tailor this interactive poster for your fundraising event. Especially handy for popping up at your workplace, local café, library, school, anywhere you can!
Social media tile – call for support
Share these png files – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter – across all your social media platforms adding a personal note and your GiveNow fundraising page link. Remember to #CherishWomen #CherishChallengeLarapinta2021
Personalise this letter to approach a business you know for support. Before you send it, do your research on how the business will benefit from supporting you. What can you offer them?
This guide provides 10 tips on using video to maximise your fundraising.
Use this sample script to get your fundraising video started with confidence.
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