For Xavier College Teacher, Mr Will Yates, a cancer diagnosis for his father David, inspired him to join the charge to beat cancer by supporting the Cancer Council’s research program.

The Charge is a month-long fitness challenge to raise funds for world-class cancer research, prevention programs, and support services.

Local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo, who is backing Will’s charge said that by just by walking or running around as a fundraiser for the Cancer Council during March, participants will be helping raise valuable research dollars.

“It is great to see the community come together and raise funds for this important research,” said Mr Piccolo.

Mr Yates first joined the charge last year and set himself a goal of $300 and to his surprise, he was able to raise $2,600.

Mr Yates said he has set himself the ambitious target of $3000 for this March.

“Seeing how far people’s generosity got me last year, I’m hoping that I can again make a difference and get into the top 50 of fundraisers,” said Mr Yates.

“You all know of my dad’s battle with cancer and his inspiration for me to be the best man I can, so if you could all donate any amount and make a difference, then maybe I can live up to that goal!”

“Every dollar raised will help support Cancer Council’s life-saving cancer research, prevention programs and support services”.

Over the weekend, Mr Yates will be joining other locals at the annual Gawler Cancer Council Relay for Life.  The Gawler Relay for Life has raised over $1 million to date for the Cancer Council.

Mr Yates said his college has inspired in him a passion for charity which is carried on by the students as well.

“Over the past two years our student leaders have entered a Relay for Life team with the Cancer Council and have raised thousands for the cause as well,” said Mr Yates

More information about March Charge and how to donate can be found at