Duncan’s Legacy

Have you ever travelled somewhere to raise funds for something that needs your help? Maybe something like cancer research? Cancer is something that has touched every one of us; it doesn’t discriminate against rich or poor, English speaker or non-English speaker, white skinned or dark skinned. It is something that tears families apart but some families are choosing to create a legacy for the people they have lost to this terrible disease.

Billy Grace Reserve
Billy Grace Reserve

In May this year, I travelled to Wee Jasper to the Billy Grace Reserve in New South Wales, Australia for a night of camping. I haven’t been camping in many years but it was really worth it. The night of camping at Billy Grace was to raise funds for both the Cancer Council and Can Assist Yass in honour of Duncan Waters. In 2013, Duncan was diagnosed with stomach and testicular cancer. Sadly, just over a year later, Duncan lost his battle with cancer. He was only 20 years old. I didn’t know Duncan but his cousin is one of my good friends. I have known her and her family since I was 13 years old.

The Car is Packed!
The Car is Packed!

This night of camping at Billy Grace Reserve was a fundraiser to help Duncan’s legacy to live on; plus it just sounded like a fun night! 5 of us packed my car and made the trip to Wee Jasper (about 1.5 hours drive from Canberra). The drive there isn’t that exciting but when you are travelling with family and friends than it is always better.

We Are Off on an Adventure!
We Are Off on an Adventure!

Once we got there, we found the perfect camping spot and set up our two tents. My sister got a tent in a can for Christmas last year so it was pretty cool to watch this tent just pop up! We set up our little camp and got prepared to bunker down for the night. It was getting quite cold so we also had quite a few layers of clothing on as well – think marshmallow like.

Our Food Was Cooked by the SES
Our Food Was Cooked by the SES

We brought our own little picnic of a roast chook from Coles that we could just rip up and put on bread rolls (this is delicious by the way). After we had dinner, we wandered up to the local food stalls to see what they were offering (lots of warm foods- sausage sizzles, hot chips etc).

Our Order
Our Order

The food stalls were being run by lovely members of the community and they were just the sweetest people out. You could tell that they generally cared for the event and the Reserve itself. We kept walking up to the bon fire and picked up some sparklers along the way. We spent the evening just chilling by the bon fire and talking rubbish. It was fantastic.

Next up was the fireworks display; it was a great show to watch. After that we grabbed some hot chips on the way back to the tent as it was freezing and we just needed a bit of warming up. The rest of the night was spent in the warmth of the tent playing card games before we hit the hay.

The night was very cold but when the sun rose the next day it was so beautiful and peaceful.  We spent most of the morning in the sun in an attempt to warm ourselves up.

The Boys Are Warming Themselves in the Sun
The Boys Are Warming Themselves in the Sun

Putting the tent back into the can was also not as easy as we anticipated and it involved a lot of laughing at each other. What should have taken one person to fold it up basically took all of us to work it out! It must have been hilarious to watch.

After we packed the car, we went down to explore the Reserve. The Billy Grace Reserve is quite big and has a lot of natural bushland with a beautiful fresh water stream that runs down the bottom. It is just so crystal clear and is perfect for skipping rocks.

Crystal Clear Waters
Crystal Clear Waters

I think this fundraising event was brilliant to get people out to nature and to sleep under the stars. For only $5 per person to camp and a further $5 to watch the fireworks, it is definitely worth every penny to try and find a cure for cancer.

The Stream
The Stream

For more information on Billy Grace Reserve click here.


28 Comments

  • Lisa

    October 15, 2016

    Yes, it is a good thing to be involved like this and look at the great people you meet. Having fun and helping a good cause. Good for you!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you so much Lisa. It really was a perfect night! Minus, the fact that I needed to bring another jacket haha

  • Gokul Raj

    October 15, 2016

    That was a good read. Keep up the good work.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you 🙂

  • Els

    October 16, 2016

    Seems like you had a nice time! I agree on those “tents in a can”, they are horrible to fold afterwards 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you, it was great! I don’t think I will ever master the tent in a can haha

  • Danik

    October 16, 2016

    Surely you didn’t need all that stuff in the trunk! 😀 😀 Great post. 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Haha! You would be surprised. It was really cold at that time of the year. We laughed when we saw the amount of stuff we packed but we wised we brought more during the middle of the night!!!

  • Amy

    October 16, 2016

    I love that this was for such a good cause. Our family loves camping, and while we have never done it for a cause, I understand it, as I lost my younger brother to a very rare cancer 10 years ago. It was so good of you to not only donate, but just to show up, and show your support to those who need it.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Cancer is just so nasty and really rips at people. I am really looking forward to going back there next year to hopefully be able to contribute more.

  • Nicola

    October 16, 2016

    This is great, we love camping so it is always fun to get outdoors, but to be able to do something like that for such a good cause just makes it even better. Good on you!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thank you so much! You are right, camping for a good cause is the best feeling!

  • Melody Pittman

    October 16, 2016

    This looks like so much fun. And for such a great cause! I think it would have been worth every penny, too. Thanks for sharing this with us 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It was so much fun!! I am so glad that I could have helped for such a great cause.

  • Tara

    October 17, 2016

    Camping for a cause – what a great idea! Being with a group of people like that must have been really fun!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      Thanks Tara. I really enjoyed the night and am definitely looking forward to next year!

  • Kelly Turpin

    October 17, 2016

    I haven’t been camping for a couple of years and I miss it. What a great way to raise money! I raised $1500 for cancer by shaving all my hair of in 2013!… and I mean a number 1. LOL

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      I really need to go camping more! Wow!! Good on you. I am not sure if I could pull off short hair haha

  • Clare

    October 17, 2016

    What a great thing to do to raise money for cancer and to have an enjoyable night with friends. What a great thing to do in Duncan’s memory 🙂

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It really was a perfect night. Duncan’s family was very happy with the turnout so it makes it even better!

  • Castaway with Crystal

    October 18, 2016

    Looks like a lovely time away. I love camping, need to do more of it 🙂

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    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It was a fantastic time away. I need to do some more camping as well.

  • Travel Lexx

    October 23, 2016

    A fantastic experience and for a good cause too! I love camping and this must have been a special night!

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 20, 2016

      It really was a special night and knowing how much it meant for my friends family than it was totally worth it!

  • 100cobbledroads

    December 26, 2016

    Camping with friends sounds like so much fun. Cute picture of those blankets piled up in the trunk of your car 🙂 The camp site looks really peaceful too. And its all for a cause too…

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 28, 2016

      It really was a great night. All of those blankets were still not enough! It was quite cold but next time we will be more prepared!

  • Arvin

    December 28, 2016

    I really love to camp and to do it for a good cause is even better. Couldn’t agree more that this fundraising event was brilliant idea to get people out to nature and to sleep under the stars.

    • Through an Aussie's Eyes

      December 28, 2016

      I am glad you enjoyed it! I am looking forward to them running another one next year!

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