My name is Shelly Westley and I live in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
Last year, following my eldest son losing two of his school mates to leukaemia, I was inspired to raise money for cancer. I participated in the WORLD'S GREATEST SHAVE 2016, shaving my long black hair with a razor at half time of the NTFL Grand Final at the TIO Stadium. Initially we set a goal to raise $5,000 but thanks to the support and generosity of the Darwin community and beyond, in just 7 weeks we raised over $28,600; being the highest fundraisers in the Northern Territory and second in Australia.
After realising the difference that together we can make, I was inspired to continue my fundraising journey; so I signed up for the Get Your Blood Pumping Mt. Kilimanjaro Challenge. In June 2017 I climbed the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, the tallest free standing mountain in the world and raised a further $20,562 for the Leukaemia Foundation to help our fellow 50,000+ Australians with leukaemia.
Following my recent Challenge, I am even more passionate and determined to continue my active involvement in the fight against cancer; expanding 'Shelly's Climb for Cancer’ and embarking on a journey - 'Shelly's Quest for Cancer'. It is my goal to participate in one amazing challenge each year over a five year period; whilst raising awareness and money for one different cancer or cancer organisation each year, helping them to provide services and support for the many Australian’s impacted by cancer everyday.
I am excited to announce the next challenge in 'Shelly's Quest for Cancer'! In October 2018 I will travel to Spain and take part in an amazing 12 day pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago in support of ‘World Walks for Cancer Council NT’. It is my goal to increase awareness and to raise $50,000 over the next 12 months for the Cancer Council NT; to help them provide services and support to our fellow Territorians diagnosed with cancer.
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated – it all adds up!
The 'Wall of Roses’ appeal was founded as part of ‘Shelly’s Quest for Cancer’, as a way of uniting and connecting people in the fight against cancer. The red rose was chosen as it is a symbol of passion, abiding love and courage. For a $100 (or more) donation direct to the Cancer Council NT (tax deductible) you can become part of the ‘Wall of Roses’ appeal and receive a life like, single, long stemmed, red 'Wall of Roses Supporter' rose. It is asked that each person take a photo of themselves with their rose so it can be added to the ‘Wall of Roses’ gallery @www.wallofroses.com. Any person, business or organisation that wishes to make a $500 (or more) donation (tax deductible) or contribution* (non tax deductible) will receive a larger ‘Wall of Roses Sponsor’ rose. Businesses are encouraged to take a photo of their rose with their logo to acknowledge and promote their business as a 'Wall of Roses Sponsor' at @www.wallofroses.com; on promotional materials; social media including Facebook @ShellysClimbforCancer and Instagram @shellywestley and at public events. FREE local delivery or pick up. If postage is required, COST = Donation PLUS postage. For further information or to make arrangements please phone 0417897184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (*A contribution can be in the form of a voucher, money, a prize, provision of services in support of ‘Shelly’s Quest for Cancer’ or venue etc).
I have also set up a GoFundMe page @ www.gofundme.com/help-shelly-in-her-quest-for-cancer for those people that would like to 'Help Shelly in her Quest for Cancer’. Monies raised through this GoFundMe Appeal will go towards covering the costs involved in participating in ‘World Walks for Cancer Council NT’ (including costs for the Travel Package, Airfares, Travel Insurance, Equipment etc, totalling over $5,000). As a single mum of four children, every bit of kindness, generosity and support is greatly appreciated and makes a huge difference. Your donation will help me to participate in this challenge and to carry the Northern Territory flag on yet another international journey as part of ‘Shelly’s Quest for Cancer’; whilst also helping to raise awareness and support for the Cancer Council NT.
If you would like to show your support for 'Shelly's Quest for Cancer' or would like further information, I would love to hear from you and may be contacted at:
I would like to sincerely thank everyone for your support, kindness and generosity so far - it is amazing what we can achieve when we unite together. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" (Helen Keller). We have been able to help hundreds of people diagnosed with cancer already and I know that together we can continue to make an even bigger difference…
Love and light to you and your family, today and always,
Shelly Westley x