Dropping out of a cable car on a rope would scare most people but these two police from Sydney’s Northern Beaches took it in their stride.
As part of the ‘Dare the Boss’ campaign, Northern Beaches Local Area Command officer Senior Constable Sarah Batchelor challenged her Duty Officer, Inspector Susan Preston, to complete a 90m abseil in the Blue Mountains.
Both officers took the plunge yesterday, with the support of Scenic World Katoomba; rappelling from the cableway gondola to the valley floor below and raising more than $6,000 for our children’s cancer research.
Both officers are all-too-familiar with the havoc childhood cancer causes to families. Snr Cst Batchelor’s daughter Isla, now six years old, was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago and has only recently completed treatment. Insp Preston’s daughter Georgia was also diagnosed with childhood cancer in 1999 at 18 months old, and is now a proud 18-year-old cancer survivor. She also took part in the abseil challenge yesterday.
‘Dare the Boss’ allows employees to challenge their superiors to complete an activity that supporters can donate toward. All funds raised contribute to research efforts for Children’s Cancer Institute. We are the only independent medical research organisation in Australia dedicated wholly to childhood cancer.
North West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford, commended the officers for stepping up to raise awareness and funds for such a worthy cause.
“Many of us have been affected by cancer in some way, and for these two officers they’ve experienced it first-hand with their loved ones,” Assistant Commissioner Clifford said.
Head of Fundraising & Marketing Anne Johnston said every day children with cancer face their worst fears, so ‘Dare the Boss’ is an opportunity for executives to help cure every child of cancer by accepting the challenge to conquer their own.
“We thank Snr Cst Batchelor and Insp Preston for their courage and determination, and for raising such vital funds for our research,” Ms Johnston said.
“With the help of supporters like them we know that a cure for children’s cancer will be a reality – it’s not a matter of if, but when.”
The officers are raising money for Minimal Residual Disease testing which helps children fighting Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemaia (ALL), the commonest childhood cancer. About a fifth of ALL patients suffer a relapse due to the persistence throughout treatment of small numbers of cancer cells (‘minimal residual disease’ or MRD). This test measures MRD early in the treatment process, before any visible clinical signs appear, to determine each child’s risk of relapse and helps clinicians tailor treatment. We’ve developed one of the best methods to measure MRD and saved many lives as a result.
(Images and video courtesy NSW Police Force)