Swim with sharks aids cancer care

Brett Hill’s effort was prompted by his wife’s diagnosis of breast cancer.
Brett Hill’s effort was prompted by his wife’s diagnosis of breast cancer.

Mr Hill said his wife Amanda was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, which lead him recently to join the 13 sharks for half an hour of snorkelling at the AQWA aquarium.

‘I’m not scared of sharks but I had a healthy level of nervousness.

‘I just figured I’d be pushed in a pool with them and hope they would be fat and lazy,’ he said.

Mr Hill said his wife was diagnosed when their two children Sam and Isabella were aged four and one.

The additional strain this added to the already daunting task of raising children defied description.

‘Everyone who has been impacted by this all-too-common disease will have their own story, but one aspect remains the same ” it’s almost impossible to cope on your own.’

He said Mrs Hill’s prognosis looked good and the services provided by Breast Cancer Care WA helped them get through a difficult time.

Mr Hill said work colleague David Holt and actor/comedian Pete Rowsthorn of Kath and Kim fame joined him for the shark swim.

The trio aimed to raise $25,000 and donations made in support of their brave efforts would be submitted to BHP Billiton to be matched ” effectively doubling what was donated.

Donations can still be made to the Shark Swim at breast|cancerwa.com.au

Mr Hill had individually raised $7700, past his goal of $5000.

Mr Hill said he worked for BHP Billiton in the investment evaluation department, which had taken him to places such as Houston, Texas to visit the NASA space centre.