Using cars to raise money for research

PINK POWER: Driver Ben Kavich used Sunday's Bathurst 6 Hour as an opportunity to fundraise for breast cancer research through Race for a Cure. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

PINK POWER: Driver Ben Kavich used Sunday's Bathurst 6 Hour as an opportunity to fundraise for breast cancer research through Race for a Cure. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

THE Bathurst 6 Hour was about more than just racing for one team out on the track on Sunday.

Sydney-based brothers Ben and Michael Kavich, along with co-driver Kieren Pilkington, used the endurance event as a chance to raise money for the clinical trials research program that is being funded by the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia (BCIA).

They raced Mount Panorama in a full pink liveried Race for a Cure Subaru and had a stall set up behind their garage to collect money for the cause.

For Ben Kavich, breast cancer is something he is far too familiar with.

His mother, Mary, was diagnosed in 2004, while his grandmother Grace, was also diagnosed in 2002.

Sadly, his wife, Toula, is currently battling breast cancer after being diagnosed 12 months ago.

“It is something we would like to be part of the solution for and motor sport being our passion, we thought ‘How do we use that to try to be part of the solution for the breast cancer situation?’ and this is what we came up with,” Mr Kavich said.

With the support of businesses, Race for a Cure has been able to raise around $30,000 for BCIA.

Mr Kavich was confident more could be added to the total from the efforts of race fans on Sunday.

“We've had a bit of a stand set up down here [behind the garage] and had people donating anything from gold coins to a few bucks. We haven’t counted it up yet, but it looks like there might be a good wad of cash in there for the charity,” he said.

He is hopeful that Race for a Cure will one day become as big for the motor sport community as the McGrath Foundation has become for the cricket community of Australia. 

People can still donate money to the cause by visiting www.raceforacure.org.au.

BCIA community fundraising officer Kirsten Lyndon said the organisation is delighted to be the sole recipient of the money raised through the initiative. 

“New breast cancer treatments and prevention strategies proven through clinical trials research is only possible because of the generosity of individuals and communities throughout Australia,” she said. “We’re thrilled to have the support of Toula, Ben and Michael Kavich.”

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