Jellyfish Crawl for Leukaemia Foundation

March 11, 2014

Two employees from the Haematology Department at Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) swam from Fremantle to Perth City, raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.

Haematologist, Dr Matthew Wright and Senior Medical Scientist, Quintin Hughes completed the 18 kilometre swim in the early hours of Saturday 8 March 2014. All proceeds from the Jellyfish Crawl will go toward funding vital support services for blood cancer patients across Australia.

The pair completed the swim in 5 hours and 10 minutes, almost an hour faster than they had originally anticipated. Dr Wright said that they were lucky with the conditions they had on the day of the swim, thankful that everyone got through the swim unharmed.

“The river was cleaner than expected, and thankfully 90 per cent of the river jellyfish don’t sting, so neither of us were hurt during the event,”

“Working in haematology, Quintin and I both witness the impact of cancer on the lives of everyday Australians on a daily basis” Dr Wright said. “The idea of the jellyfish crawl came about while discussing how we could raise funds for patient travel and accommodation needs.”

The team has raised more than $9000 for the Leukaemia Foundation so far, and would like to thank everyone for their continued support via donation and on the day.

“Through the generosity and support of the community, we have managed to raise over $9000, but we still hope to raise another thousand to reach our $10,000 target” Dr Wright said.