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Crew For Life Fitness and Fundraising

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by Emma Brown (subscribe)
I'm a freelance journalist and public relations consultant specialising in arts and entertainment.
Published September 15th 2011
Cancer charity runs on love. If pounding the pavement alone to lose weight feels like a lonely option you can get fit and make the commitment to help a good cause.Crew for Life can transform your fitness by giving free training in return for fundraising for the Oncology Children's Foundation.

Crew for Life
Some Crew for Life members after completing the Sydney Running Festival.


The charity funds research into difficult to cure childhood cancers such as brain tumours and neuroblastoma. Fifty years ago only two per cent of children with cancer survived now that figure has risen to 80 per cent. The OCF supports some of Australia's best childhood cancer researchers to allow earlier diagnosis, better treatments and fewer side effects.

Stella Gianotto lost 37 kilograms with the Cure for Life training program. She gave back to the charity by raising $20,000 and helped ease Sydney's man drought with a celebrity hunk auction.

Bondi Rescue prize package
Dean Gladstone - Bondi Rescue, Agi Hatji & Elisssa Hatji - winners, Stella Gianotto - event founder, Matthew Shalhoub - auctioneer


I felt like a completely different person and wanted to help kids with cancer as one of my closest childhood friends died from the disease when she was nine," said Mrs Gianotto.

The founder of brand designer agency Stella Designs held a Ten Stars auction on August 27 where dates with Australia's Hottest Tradie Stuart Cali, Bondi Rescue life saver Dean Gladstone, and Aussie Bum model/Getaway reporter and Cleo Bachelor of the Year finalist Matt Wilson were auctioned off for the cause.

Australia's Hottest Tradie Stuart Cali
Australia's Hottest Tradie Stuart Cali


Comedian Sam McCool ensured that the bidders were laughing whilst battling it out for the male celebrity items on offer. The Bondi Social setting came complete with complimentary Cosmopolitans for all 60 guests and was a great success in the silent and rowdy auction.

The event creator Stella Gianotto said that she was thrilled to host the event. "After all, every child deserves the opportunity to grow up and reach for the stars."

You don't have to throw an event the size of Stella's to help out. Plenty of people are taking part in Crew for Life and using their own skills and imagination to raise money for the OCF. Anyone who wants to get fit and take part in Sydney's iconic running races whilst helping sick kids at the same time.

Crew for Life prepares participants for the City to Surf, Mothers Day Classic and the Blackmores Running Festival through a nine-week training schedule in return for fundraising $1000 for the OCF.

The race distances range from 9km through to a full marathon of 42km. The program trains people from all levels of fitness and walks of life in a motivating and friendly community environment where you can help OCF beat childhood cancer.

Crew for Life's goal is to have a positive impact on lifestyles and to help make a positive contribution to the community by supporting childhood cancer research.

if you want to improve your event time or embark on your first City to Surf to boost your own health and that of sick kids become part of Crew for Life. Check out their website to see how you can get involved, and to see all of the events they participate in.
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Why? Get fit and help kids in need
When: Throughout the year
Where: Events around Sydney
Cost: Your time in training and raising $1000 for sick kids.
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