Relay for Life team waxing its way to more funds for Cancer Council WA

Scott Wallace and Steve Webster with Energym owner Gary Hinton (centre). Picture: 	Martin Kennealey
Scott Wallace and Steve Webster with Energym owner Gary Hinton (centre). Picture: Martin Kennealey

TWO men are putting their bodies on the table to raise money for Cancer Council WA.

Madeley resident Steve Webster and Scott Wallace, of Rivervale, who attend Energym in Joondalup have volunteered to be waxed as part of fundraising for the Joondalup-Wanneroo Relay for Life.

Kim Merkl, who is team captain of The Dame Edna Sisters and Sir Les Patterson Brothers, and also attends the gym, said the duo had always been a big supporter of their fundraising.

She said the team was in its fifth year of Relay for Life, having raised more than $35,000 so far and hoping for another $10,000 this year.

Fundraising activities have included movie and casino nights, clothing sales and auctions, with a quiz night to come on September 1 and a high tea at Joondalup Resort in October.

The Dame Edna Sisters and Sir Les Patterson Brothers.

“The Dame Edna Sisters started because one of our members is a survivor of bowel cancer and had her birthday on the Saturday night of our first Relay,” Ms Merkl said.

“The tent was all decorated purple – her favourite colour – and we sat her down to sing happy birthday.

“She has coloured hair and wears glasses so I put a purple sparkly hat on her head and said, ‘you look like Dame Edna’ and from then we became the Dame Edna Sisters.

“Throughout the last five years, the team has grown substantially and last year a few men joined us, so we renamed and rebranded to The Dame Edna Sisters and Sir Les Patterson Brothers.”

Ms Merkl said they were a “very passionate group all dedicated to the cause”.

“Team members all have their own stories to tell, which is why they take part, but as everyone knows most people have all been touched by cancer in one way or another and this is our way to help the cause,” she said.

“We all love the thought that we are contributing to a cause close to our hearts, have a great laugh and good fun weekend.”

To coincide with the waxing event on August 18, Energym will also hold an open day to promote its recent name change and new location on Winton Road.

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