Bosses everywhere stepped up and faced their fears. As Dare the Boss 2017 draws to a close, we thank Australia’s daring bosses and their teams for raising $320,000 for childhood cancer research.

Over the last three months some (usually sensible) people did some seemingly crazy things. Dare the Boss 2017 began with a bang on 1 September, the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, with nine brave CEOs taking on dares like fire walking, head shaving and ice water dunking on live TV. Together they raised over $100,000.

Since then, bosses from around Australia have accepted all kind of challenges and faced all kinds of fears, while raising funds to support our research. Many of our own bosses joined in the fun, together raising a total of nearly $18,000 for childhood cancer research.

Fish, seaweed and storm – meh!

Jude Pink, our Database and Customer Service Manager completed her dare this week, swimming 20 laps at Malabar ocean pool in Sydney. By training in an indoor pool three times a week for six weeks, Jude went from being able to swim four freestyle laps in half an hour to swimming 40! But Jude said she was quite nervous about venturing into an ocean pool.

Jude's daughter cheers her on as she swims for Dare the Boss
"Come on Mum!"

“I was worried about the seaweed, the cold water, the fact that a thunder storm was expected and that I had a lot of people watching me.

“I was worried I wouldn’t make it because of all those things, but I guess I was determined!” she said.

Dare the Boss fundraiser Jude finishing 20 laps as family and colleagues cheer
Jude finishing 20 laps as family and colleagues cheer

Jude’s original fundraising target was $2600, but after raising $3761 at a trivia night at her kids’ school, she decided to double her goal to $5200. In the end, she even beat that and raised $5803. Jude is grateful for the help she received, at work and from family and friends.

“My team backed me all the way with cake stalls and curry lunch sales, then the trivia night at my kids’ school. But my messages for support have always triggered a lot of responses.

“People have just been really generous,” she said.

Cake stall fundraiser for Dare the Boss
Jude’s colleagues ran a cake stall to help reach the target

The other Wonder Woman pitches in

Obviously, Jude is a wonder woman. But there’s another. Vanessa Tyrrell, Manager of our Personalised Medicine team, agreed to come to work dressed as DC Comics’ Wonder Woman for two weeks if she reached her target of $5200.

Wonder Woman pretending to fight enemies in the office
Wonder Woman to the rescue, fighting villains in the office

This included being Wonder Woman while networking at a corporate partnership event with a high profile law firm, interviewing applicants for a job, helping out at a Bunnings fundraising BBQ, and addressing delegates at a human genomics conference in August as association Vice-President.

Presenting at a corporate event dressed as Wonder Woman for Dare the Boss
Presenting at a corporate event dressed as Wonder Woman for Dare the Boss

Some arm-twisting (arm-crossing) convinced Ness to add an extra day in costume for every $500 raised above her target, so we’ve had Wonder Woman on our books for quite a few months now. Aided on her quest by a super-heroic team effort, Ness is raising much-needed funds for childhood cancer research.

Vanessa Tyrrell dressed as Wonder Woman for 2017 Dare the Boss
Vanessa Tyrrell dressed as Wonder Woman for 2017 Dare the Boss

Find out more about Dare the Boss and check out some of the crazy dares. What new dares can your team come up with for next year?

Top image: Family and colleagues with Jude, our Database and Customer Service Manager who conquered fears of ocean swimming for Dare the Boss.



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