It’s a devastating fact that 1 in 2 people in Australia will be diagnosed with cancer before their 85th birthday (source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare). So it’s only natural to want to raise much needed funds for research into this widespread disease.
In 2013, PADI Divemaster and Cancer Council Ambassador Mark Tozer created Dive for Cancer, a unique scuba diving fund raising event. Since then, Dive for Cancer has grown into a non-profit organisation that brings together divers all over Australia and beyond to raise much needed funds for cancer research.
This year, there have been three Dive for Cancer events hosted in Queensland, South Australia and, for the first time, New Zealand.
Speaking about the event in South Australia, Mark Tozer said:
“This year the weather favoured our sell-out event, enabling 150 divers to dig deep in our underwater passion and joint goal in the fight toward a future without cancer.
Year on year we have seen our event grow and the generosity and donations increase. We are overwhelmed to say that together we’ve raised $29,388.86 at this year’s event.”
Despite the weather in New Zealand trying to keep divers away (roads were closed following a cyclone) it was a great day there too with 14 dedicated divers raising an awesome $1,315NZD.
It’s always incredible to see the diving community come together to support a cause and Dive for Cancer is no exception.
Congratulations to Mark, the Dive for Cancer team and everyone who got involved in this year’s events.