Breast Cancer Research Centre - WA

Families are fundraising in two Perth world-class swim events

BCRC-WA are pleased to announce that two of our families are fundraising for Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA at two major swim events in February and March 2020.


Charlie Sampson with his mates, Michael Spadaccini, Thomas Stanicich and Aiden McLaughlin (pictured above left) are participating in the Rottnest Channel Swim on Saturday 22 February. It’s a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island.

Charlie’s reason for fundraising is to support ground-breaking research into a cure for breast cancer as his mum undergoes treatment:

“It’s rare that someone beats cancer once, let alone twice in their lifetime. At the end of 2018, approximately a week before Christmas, my Mum, Natasha Sampson was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, some seventeen years after her first diagnosis.

To say the diagnosis shocked us all would be an understatement. It’s hard to explain the feeling you experience when you discover someone you love has cancer, of any form. To say mum means everything to me is an understatement. Both my brother and I would be nothing without her. She’s our inspiration, and we hope others can also draw some inspiration from her story.”

Please support, and give generously to these amazing young men, The Breastrokers, who are swimming in this challenge to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research Centre-WA.


David McCarthy (Macca) with his son, Hamish and their friends Paul and son Mitch (pictured above right), are swimming to Rottnest Island this year in the Channel 7 Port to Pub on Saturday 21 March. The swim comprises two races over two distances from Leighton Beach to Rottnest Island – a direct crossing (19.7km) and a 25km ultra-marathon.

Macca is no stranger to long distance swimming and last year completed the Rottnest Channel Swim and  awarded top fundraiser for the event. With his son Hamish, they will be participating for Chelsea (Macca’s wife and Hamish’s mum), who is a metastatic breast cancer patient, to raise funds for breast cancer research. Chelsea with their daughter Jessie, family and friends will be cheering them on from race start to finish.

Please show your support for Macca and Hamish, Paul and Mitch by donating.