Cait Amosa and Kylie Murdoch embrace at a Cure Brain Cancer Foundation fundraising event.
you first become involved in volunteering with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation?
Cait: I first became involved in 2014 after my husband was approached to perform at the inaugural Brainstorm fundraising event in Canberra. I was so impressed with the event that I signed up straight away to become more involved and help wherever I was needed.
Kylie: I became involved with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in early 2017, just prior to the launch of Brainstorm 2017.
your connection to brain cancer?
Cait: I have no direct connection to brain cancer, but I have been involved in fundraising over the years, particularly through my family band Touchasoul. This started with my husband singing, who was soon joined by my two eldest daughters. My plan is to get our other four children involved.
Kylie: Up until 18 months ago, I knew no one with brain cancer and had little knowledge of the disease. This was until my friend was diagnosed with GBM in August 2016. This came out of the blue following a series of persistent headaches, followed by a seizure.
What drives you to continually volunteer for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation?
Cait: Throughout my volunteering, I have witnessed the impact brain cancer has had on families, which is truly heartbreaking. I can’t even imagine what families go through when they’re faced with such a poisonous disease. I hope more than anything that one day there will be a cure.
I love volunteering. I love that great feeling of achievement when I contribute to a successful event, and I see that it means so much to so many. It's amazing. It’s also enabled me to meet some great people, many who I now call friends.
Kylie: It’s something I can do to change the brain cancer world. Before I got involved, I had no idea about brain cancer. The stats are horrifying and I really want to change that by making people aware and to raise as much money as I can.
Touchasoul' performs at Walk4BrainCancer Canberra in 2017.
What are some of the events you’ve been involved in?
Cait: I’ve been involved in a variety of fundraising events in Canberra, including Brainstorm, cocktail parties and Walk4BrainCancer.
Kylie: Since starting out as a volunteer in 2017, I’ve immersed myself in a variety of roles at the Brainstorm launch, Walk4BrainCancer and the Special Supporter Briefing. At these events, I’ve taken up duties such as sourcing prizes, organising registration, coordinating volunteers and establishing corporate sponsors. I was also given the unique opportunity to write a submission for the Senate Select Committee into low survival cancers.
some of the highlights of your time volunteering with Cure Brain Cancer
Cait: Our Brainstorm Party for Hope events are just so amazing and every year they get better. I’m so proud to be involved!
Kylie: I’ve met some amazing people, none more so than Sarah Mamalai, who is an 11-year survivor of GBM. Being able to meet amazing people who've been smashed around by this disease is inspiring, as they're willing to share their experiences and are passionate about finding a cure. I couldn’t think of anything else I’d rather volunteer for!
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