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Don Your Highest Heels to Raise Funds for Cancer

It’s a startling statistic, and one that is perhaps not widely known, that 1 in 3 Australians under the age of 40 are affected with cancer. However, despite these numbers, there are very few resources available to assist these young people through their difficult journey.

This was the inspiration behind The Warwick Cancer Foundation, which was founded by Samantha Lehmann after her brother passed away from cancer aged 35, and she found that she wasn’t equipped with the necessary knowledge to prepare her or her family for the difficult journey that lay ahead. She was astounded that there were barely any support networks and resources dedicated to helping patients just like her brother.

To bridge this much-needed gap, the Foundation offers a range of services that provide young adults with some much-needed respite and a chance to recover from treatment, as well as peer support programs that link cancer fighters and survivors across the country.

But this year, they’re trying something a little different. This year, they’re asking all Melburnians to don a pair of stiletto heels and to take part in a Guinness World Record attempt for the largest number of people running in said shoes, all in the name of raising funds for The Warwick Cancer Foundation.

The team at WME are working with the Foundation to help spread the word about the World’s Largest High Heel Race, and to encourage women and men alike to participate in this worthy cause. After all, it’s a fun way to raise funds for something pretty serious.

To smash the world record, they need at least 968 people to participate. However, capacity is strictly limited to 1500, so make sure you get in quick to be a part of this historical event.

There are some guidelines to follow as to what shoes are allowed (there is a strict definition of what constitutes a stiletto), so be sure to check the website before you sign up. So, no platforms and no wedges allowed, and no heels smaller than 7cm.

A team of high-profile ambassadors are getting behind the event as well, including former AFL player Matthew Richardson, Channel 7 News Reporter Laurel Irving, and Paralympian and Big Brother contestant Sam Bramham.

There’ll be prizes for the winner, and prizes for those who sport the sexiest heels, the most outrageous outfit, and, of course, for the most funds raised by an individual or a team.

What are you waiting for? #Weartheheels and #sharethefeel!

It’s FREE to register, so grab those heels and jump on board to help make a difference. Alternatively, show your support by clicking here to donate to the cause.

Prepare to don your heels and get running on Sunday the 14th of February at the St Kilda Festival, Catani Gardens.

By Cassie Chorn

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