Dare the Boss is a great way to tick off a bucket list challenge while contributing to our research. Corporates, researchers and execs are taking on dares to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer.

Dare the Boss is a unique and fun way for you, your boss, or your team to take on a creative challenge, step outside your comfort zone, conquer a fear and be brave to fundraise for Children’s Cancer Institute, to help our research toward finding a cure for every child with cancer. Children with cancer bravely endure months, even years, of treatment. So we’re asking Australia’s bosses to be brave too.

At the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, on 1 September, nine brave CEOs took on dares like fire walking, ice dunking and head shaving live on Channel 9’s Today Show. Together they raised over $100K towards our research. Check out the dares in this video.

It’s not too late to join in. Throughout October and November we’ll have dares including shark dives, canyon swings and the ever-favourite skydive.

A childhood cancer survivor taking the plunge

One of those skydivers is childhood cancer survivor Nikki Quinn. On 14 October, Nikki will join staff from Children’s Cancer Institute, Brickworks, and other organisations, to take the plunge.

Nikki was treated for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia as a child and has been a lifelong advocate and fundraiser for the Institute. She has bravely dared herself and her friends to jump from a plane, with the aim of raising $2,600 for childhood cancer research. That’s enough for a child with the same type of cancer as Nikki’s to have a Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) test – a sensitive DNA test that can detect tiny amounts of remaining leukaemia cells early in the treatment process, before any visible clinical signs of disease appear. The results of the test indicate each child’s risk of relapse so clinicians can intensify  treatment if needed.

Nikki and her friends will be skydiving onto the beach in Wollongong along with Brickworks, the Executive Assistant Network, and our very own Corporate Partnerships Executive Kirsti Rae. If you’d like to join them, organise your own skydive, or take on a different dare, see the Dare the Boss website.

A big thanks to daring bosses everywhere

Thank you to all the amazing bosses and their fantastic teams for taking part in dares that support our vital research. We are the only medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to curing childhood cancer. Our research is improving treatments for childhood cancer, which still takes the lives of three children every week in Australia. These donations will make a big difference to what we can achieve.

Want to participate? You can donate to the boss of your choice, or sign up your own boss for a dare (but be sure to check with them first).

Dare The Boss participant Favio Perez from HR goes skydiving
Dare The Boss participant Favio Perez from HR goes skydiving

It’s an experience they won’t forget. Just ask our Human Resources Advisor, Favio Perez, who skydived last year.

“You have never seen a whiter shade of pale. I never thought I would have ever faced that fear!

“It was the most rewarding experience knowing that I achieved that goal and helped in the fight to end childhood cancer,” he said.

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Top image: Tania Zaetta (Who Dares Wins and Dare the Boss ambassador), Natalia Cooper (Today Show) and Phil Kearns AM (Wallaby legend and CEO of InterRISK) watched the CEOs do their dares.



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