What a night! This year I hosted my annual Winter Warmer in conjunction with the Marilyns to help raise funds for Cancer Council SA.
The Marilyns are a group of bold, fabulous women who take part in the Brighton Jetty Classic, swimming or paddling 400 metres around the Brighton Jetty every February―all dressed head to toe as our favourite ‘50s icon, Marilyn Monroe.
There is no doubt that the Marilyns have become a phenomenon in our Local area. But the story of their genesis is as important as their success. Back in 2006, Sarah Tinney’s mother Esther, living in Michigan, discovered she had uterine cancer. Living in Australia, Sarah felt far removed from the situation, but wanting to do something, she contacted South Australia’s Cancer Council and ended up running a Biggest Morning Tea event in honour of her Mum’s battle.
This was the beginning of an incredibly journey for the Marilyns.
Not long after this, Sarah’s mum passed away, but not before Sarah told her mum she was going to help cure cancer. Sarah started by taking action, raising awareness and much needed funds for the Cancer Council SA.
At the heart of every Marilyn is one common drive: to make a difference in the lives of people living with cancer.
Importantly, the Marilyns empower women by bringing them together to do something positive, support each other and raise funds that will change the future of cancer.
I would like to congratulate the Marilyns on their fantastic fundraising efforts and thank you for bringing fun and vibrancy to our great coastal community, while raising awareness of this important cause.