Team Dean Relay – Doing It For Cancer Wrap Up

Whilst under an operational pause, CCPL Costa Alexiou who was going to lead our Relay For Life team adjusted our approach to bring the unit together to raise funds for Cancer Council research.

CCPL Alexiou shares his experience with adapting our regular relay to the operational pause and corona-virus restrictions and raising over $5000!
“I chose to run this activity as I wanted everyone to get involved during the operational pause. This was not only a great team building exercise and a great way to raise funds for fantastic cause, it also showed our support and appreciation to SQNLDR(AAFC) Dean Hawthorn for his ongoing dedication and support to the Squadron throughout the years.

At first it was challenging to spread the word around due to the COVID-19 Restrictions however, I was able to contact the 3 Wing Commander for support from not only our Squadron but to get all of 3 Wing involved. After restrictions started to ease I had the opportunity to start spreading the word to people outside of cadet.

For a week, I went to work with my parents and spread the word to the construction workers at the Crown Casino site and One Sydney Harbor Barangaroo. They were more than happy to support the great cause and very generously donated to help us to reach our goal and total amount which quickly grew to $5146.
Throughout the activity, I went on numerous runs, jogs and walk to try and achieve a solo attempt of 323km. Even though I did not achieve this goal I am still satisfied that I supported the cause. I went on my first Hike to Riley’s Mountain in Mulgoa and it was a fantastic view! As doing laps of my street and neighborhood started to get repetitive I started thinking unique walks I could do. I was able to walk up the fire stairs of the new Crown Casino being constructed all the way up to level 72 which was almost 270m above the ground!

I would finally like to thank everyone who participated in the activity it was a great cause and great effort from everyone and I am immensely proud of the effort put into this. Thank You!”