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Sisters on a mission after losing mum to cancer

Nicole Arthur, Sally Sigalas and Kate Pieterse, pictured with their late mother Chriss Burns (second from left).
Nicole Arthur, Sally Sigalas and Kate Pieterse, pictured with their late mother Chriss Burns (second from left).

Maroochydore local Kate Pieterse and her sisters are on a mission to make a difference in the fight against cancer after losing their mother to the disease.

Mrs Pieterse has pledged to take part in The March Charge, a month-long campaign calling on Queenslanders to set a fitness challenge and run or walk to raise funds for Cancer Council.

Participants can set the distance they cover, and charge as an individual, or in a team throughout March.

Mrs Pieterse will walk 70km in hope of a cancer free future, as part of the team The Three Sisters.

"My sisters and I are taking part in The March Charge for the first time in honour of our mum who passed away from cancer," Mrs Pieterse said.

"I am one of three girls and my mum was one of three girls, plus one of her favourite places in Australia is the Three Sisters in the Blue Mountains - hence our team name The Three Sisters."

Mrs Pieterse and her sisters, Nicole Arthur and Sally Sigalas, aim to raise $2000 through The March Charge to support the work of Cancer Council.

"I worked in oncology during my first years as a nurse and after looking after our mum and other family members close to us we are passionate about raising money for cancer research," Ms Pieterse said.

"Cancer has affected others in our family - in addition to our mum, my mother-in-law has been affected by cancer, my sister's father-in-law recently passed away and my other sister's mother-in-law has recently undergone successful treatment."

Mrs Pieterse said she has been tracking her kilometres to stay motivated and is well on the way to reaching her goal.

"I have been going for walks with our new puppy and my twin boys, as well as longer walks with my best friend whose mum also passed away from cancer," she said.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift commended Mrs Pieterse and her sisters on their commitment to the cause, and encouraged others to join them.

"The March Charge gives everyone an opportunity to get healthy and make a difference - no matter their fitness level," Ms Clift said.

"Whether you choose to walk 30km throughout the month of March, or run 100km, every kilometre brings us one step closer to a cancer free future.

"Taking part is also a great way to improve your own health and wellbeing and reduce your risk of preventable cancers.

"At least one third of all cancers are preventable through healthy lifestyle choices including getting active, eating well, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking and staying SunSmart.

There's still time to register for The March Charge, or donate at themarchcharge.com.au. To support Mrs Pieterse's efforts, search 'The Three Sisters'.

Individuals and teams can set up a walking or running target, and will receive information and support on how to fundraise and reach their goals.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at cancerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.

Topics:  cancer cancer council queensland charity fundraiser maroochydoore


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