Lane Cove Local Kate Massey –  Smashing Challenges and Fundraising for Cancer

This year the Sun-Herald City2Surf World’s Largest “fun” run is on October 18th. Why are we telling you this? Well, it’s also the same day as Kate Massey’s 10th cancer anniversary.

Kate is one amazing woman who has smashed challenge after challenge while fundraising for Cure Cancer Australia. The past eight years have seen Kate tackle challenge after challenge and smash them.

Her next goal/challenge is to hit a fundraising total of $100,000 for Cure Cancer Australia, and she is not far away from that total!

Personal Challenges

Kate has done some amazing challenges, including:

Roughing it in the Papua New Guinea Jungle to complete the gruelling Kokoda Trail.

Trekking on the Salcantay Trek to Machu Picchu to reach a height of over 4,000 m.

Completing the Sydney Half Marathon in 2 hrs 16 mins; despite not being a runner.

Reaching the highest-free standing mountain in the world – Mt Kilimanjaro.

Running (and finishing) the New York marathon in 4 hrs 46 mins.

Spending a week in the outback with giant spiders to trek the Larapinta Trail.  The Larapinta Trail follows the spine of the West MacDonnell range. There are some challenging stages as walkers pass over remote ridges and canyons, walking up to 30 km on some days.

Team Challenges

Kate hosted a team to take part in the “Everest version” of Mt Kosciuszko. They completed two and 3/4 successful summits across three epic days during a summer blizzard.

After seeing the fundraising power of bringing together a team to help on her fundraising mission, Kate put together a team of work colleagues to complete last year’s City2Surf. Her team crossed the Bondi finish line with smiles on their faces.

Most recently and during COVID-19 she took part in HIIT Cancer Back challenge with several overachieving fitness friends to give her some motivation to lose some COVID-19 kilos.

These challenges have seen Kate raise a massive $72,350 personally and in total $95,847 from fundraisers she has hosted.

This amount does not include the hundreds of thousands more raised from group challenges she has taken part in to support the lifesaving research work funded by Cure Cancer Australia.

2020 Challenge

Due to COVID-19, this year’s Sun-Herald City2Surf World’s Largest “fun” run will be a very different format as the race turns virtual.

Kate will be running 14 km around Sydney and will be sure to throw in a few hills for good measure. This is from a woman who hates running!

“So while I won’t be breaking any speed records, I am determined to get it done and claim my finisher medal and of course enjoy some celebratory champagne at the end,” says Kate.

COVID-19 has hit fundraising initiatives hard this year, and so it’s more important than ever to come together to make a difference.

Kate is looking to raise over $4,153 to take her fundraising total to over $100,000 for her 10th cancer anniversary.

To help Kate raise that amount, all you need to do is to head over to her fundraising page here and donate.  No donation is too big or too small.

Kate is one amazing Lane Cove Local.  Below is a picture of Kate during her Cancer treatment.

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