Cure Cancer Australia Fundraiser Kate Massey Summits Kosi for a Cure!
Cancer survivor Kate Massey knows a thing or two about pushing the limits when it comes to fundraising. But with plans to take on the ‘Everest Challenge’ and summit Australia’s highest mountain four times in just three days, she’s about to face her biggest challenge yet…
As anyone who has ever taken on a fundraising challenge will know, it’s not always easy. It takes a lot of commitment, drive and passion to reach your goal, and for many, once will be enough.
Not so for Kate Massey. The Sydney-based JCurve Marketing Solutions CMO first got in touch with Cure Cancer Australia way back in 2012, following her own experience with cancer at just 26-years-old. And her fundraising efforts have only got bigger and better since!
in at the deep end
‘Cancer had left me feeling a little lost in life and I needed some motivation to get me kickstarted again,’ explains Kate. ‘I came across a Cure Cancer Australia newsletter that mentioned a group who were going to be tackling the Kokoda trail, and it really caught my attention.’
Despite the advice of friends and family to start with something a little less challenging, Kate decided to throw herself in at the deep end. ‘I found out more about Kokoda and the difficulty of the challenge and was spurred into action. I started seriously hitting the gym, enrolled the help of a personal trainer and spent my weekends hiking. As the challenge got closer and people realised I was actually going through with it, the donations started rolling in and I’ve never looked back!’
Since completing the Kokoda challenge, Kate has gone on to fundraise for Cure Cancer Australia by taking on numerous global adventures. She’s completed the Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu and the Larapinta Trail, climbed the highest freestanding mountain in the world; Mount Kilimanjaro, and (as a former non-runner) ran both the Sydney Half Marathon and New York Marathon.
The Ultimate Challenge
Kate is now ready to take on the ultimate challenge – summiting Australia’s tallest mountain, Mount Kosciuzsko four times in just three days. ‘The length of the climb is equivalent to the height of Mount Everest, and I’ll be doing it with a few friends who are keen to challenge themselves and make an impact in the fight against cancer. On the day we summit twice we’ll be running low on sleep but riding an adrenalin high! On the third day we’ll join the wider Cure Cancer Australia group with the support of Huma Charity Challenge that are doing the single summit, so that we can all finish the climb together,’ says Kate. The challenge will take her new personal fundraising total to over $60,000 - one step closer to her $100,000 goal.
Join Kate to make a difference
For Kate, taking on the challenge herself isn’t enough, and she is determined to get as many people as possible to sign up and join her. ‘If you don’t want to take on the Everest Challenge, you can join the Summit Kosi for a Cure one-day trek instead. It’s a full day’s walk to the summit, with a night of accommodation at Rydges Snowy Mountains Hotel on either side and all meals, snacks and water included. The views from the top are meant to be unreal and doing something like this is such a great way to meet interesting, likeminded people. But most importantly, your participation will be making a real difference to cancer research.’
On completion of the challenge, there’ll be a celebratory barbecue with all the participants, recognising everyone’s hard work and amazing contribution to Cure Cancer Australia.
‘My own cancer diagnosis taught me that cancer can strike anyone at any time,’ says Kate. ‘It’s so important to get behind the young, emerging cancer researchers that Cure Cancer Australia funds. It’s only through research that we can cure cancer.’