Cancer Council Community Fundraising Awards – Naphtali, Jemma and Damien

I’m honoured to have had the opportunity to profile some of Victoria’s most committed and passionate Cancer Council Community fundraisers, whose donations go towards supporting programs like Cancer Council 13 11 20 for information and support from a qualified cancer nurse over the phone, holiday breaks, financial assistance and of course, vital research.

In this post we’ll discover more about Naphtali, Jemma and Damien, and their incredibly unique ways of raising funds!


Cancer Council Community Fundraising Awards



17 year old Naphtali (Nati) is one of the most inspiring people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Determined to do something to raise money for Cancer Council Victoria after seeing three of his grandparents suffer from cancer, this avid runner and triathlete thought long and hard how he could best raise money to help and support his community.

Having just finished exams, and facing a 2 week school holiday, Nati came up with an ambitious plan. He would attempt to run 7 half marathons in his school holiday break.

Now just to remind those of you who forget just how long a half marathon is, that’s 21km (or the equivalent of running from the CBD to the airport!) and a solid 2 or so hours of running every second day. Incredible!

Nati not only smashed his goal of 7 half marathons in 13 days, he’s now encouraging others to join him at Albert Park to continue to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council.

You can follow Nati’s journey on Facebook and find out how you can join his amazing efforts!


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Natty 2 CancerCouncil



Jemma’s story was in some ways similar to Nati’s – she was affected at a young age by watching both two of her grandparents diagnosed with cancer, who were then cared for by her mum until they passed away.

With her Nan suffering from multiple myelomas, and her Pop suffering from brain tumours, Jemma says, “being around oncology units from a young age really made me appreciate how horrible cancer really is.”

She remembers vividly the support and comfort the Cancer Council gave her grandparents and her family during this time, and wanted to give back as soon as she was able.

Jemma organised a trivia night, which was a resounding success – she raised over $6000 and can’t wait to do it all over again!


Jemma Cancer Council 2



Quietly spoken Damien also had another incredible story to share – the passionate ‘Skyline’ lover (for the non-car people out there, check out 2 Fast 2 Furious!) organised the ‘Melbourne Datsun Day’ to raise funds for the Cancer Council after seeing a number of friends and family pass away from cancer.

Held at the Yarra Glen Showgrounds in November last year, 190 cars were showcased from Prince and Datsun with all proceeds going to Cancer Council Victoria.


Damien 2 CancerCouncil

Damien CancerCouncil


For those out there that want to do something to raise money for this incredible organisation, I hope these stories are inspiring you, and encouraging you to do it your way – be it running half marathons, or showcasing the original 1964 Prince Skyline!


Stay tuned for our final post in the coming days – find out more about Cancer Council Victoria here!

Prue x


In case you missed my first post on attending the Cancer Council Supporter VIP event, check it out here to find out more about the incredible stories from Joel, Jaqui and Normand.



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Prue is a Melbourne girl through and through who loves sampling all the amazing things Melbourne has to offer, be it fashion, food, bars, parks and beaches! She has worked in Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising, and spends all her money on clothes and toys for her two kids and French Bulldog, Coco Chanel.

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