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Sweat for Survivors wrapping up September with ‘Play’ day


While many have been sweating all month, other community members are being invited to don their best activewear at work and “Play” at getting sweaty for Hunter cancer survivors. 

Sweat For Survivors, The Kaden Centre’s annual fundraiser, has seen individuals, groups, schools and workplaces commit to workout targets during September. 

Since the first day of the month supporters have been challenging themselves to achieve physical milestones while raising money for the not-for-profit charity. 

Their efforts have been aptly titled “Slay”. 

On Friday 29 September (Sweats Day), these participants will be joined by those who will dress in their active wear, without the commitment of undertaking physical activity. 

Workplaces and schools throughout the Hunter are encouraged to celebrate the cause by wearing sneakers, joggers, tracksuits, tights and/or fitness tops for a gold coin donation. 

This collective is referred to as the “Play” group. 

Both are hoping to make a real impact on cancer survivorship rates for Hunter residents as part of the Sweat for Survivors event, a national fund-raising campaign for The Kaden Centre that originated in the Hunter region.

Sweats Day is Friday, 29th September 2023.

The initiative aims to inspire individuals, groups, schools, and workplaces to embrace physical activity, raise funds, and create a positive difference in the lives of people battling cancer.  

“We believe in the power of simplicity and the profound impact it can have on supporting cancer survivors,” The Kaden Centre program manager/physiotherapist Loukas Nadiotis said.

“By participating in Sweat for Survivors, you are not only contributing to our mission, you are making a difference in the lives of others.  

“Together, we can increase rates of cancer survivorship, make a difference right now, and create lasting change.” 

The Kaden Centre, a purpose-built facility equipped with a dedicated team that delivers customised and targeted exercise programs for individuals experiencing various stages of cancer and chronic conditions. 

Founded by Suzanne Clark Pitrolo, the facility arose from her personal experience with cancer treatment and the lack of specialised exercise programs tailored to her needs.  

Recognising the significant research demonstrating the positive effects of exercise on cancer patients, Suzanne was determined to create a safe and supportive environment that empowers individuals to improve their fitness levels during diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.  

Located at Warabrook, the centre enables patients with chronic diseases and their caregivers to stay active throughout treatments. 

In May, the Kaden Centre welcomed $1 million to revitalise the facility’s oncology exercise clinic.

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