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BCNA News 18 Feb 2019

Last night Shane Crawford took third place in this season’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here on Channel 10, where he was playing for $100,000 in prize money for his chosen charity BCNA.

BCNA CEO Kirsten Pilatti said despite Crawf not taking home the crown, the BCNA network couldn’t be prouder of him.

“Crawf has done so much to support our organisation over the past decade and keep our work in the spotlight. He is truly a hero among the BCNA network.”

BCNA members around the country rallied around Crawf and called on their friends and family to vote for him. Many took to social media to share their memories of Crawf and commended him for everything he’s done to support Australians with breast cancer.

Breast cancer survivor Coll Thompson said she’ll never forget when Shane ran into Ballarat as part of a fundraising event for BCNA and she got to run alongside him. “It was an absolute privilege to run beside Crawf. To think that one man alone can raise money for women and men who have been touched by breast cancer is outstanding. Crawf is an absolute legend,” she said.

“Crawf is an amazing man. His loyalty and commitment to BCNA is truly phenomenal. He’s a champion in every way and I feel so lucky to have met him,” Deb Murray, another breast cancer survivor, said.

In 2010 Crawf ran 780kms from Adelaide to Melbourne and raised $400,000 for BCNA. Then in 2013 he raised more than $1.3 million for BCNA when he rode his bike 3,600kms from Melbourne to Perth in just 22 days. On both these challenges Crawf stopped in the towns and cities along the way to meet the women and men who had been personally affected by breast cancer and hear their stories.

“Crawf has done so much to support BCNA from a fundraising point of view but it has been his personal approach to the women and men who have been affected by breast cancer that’s elevated him to legend status among our network,” Kirsten said.

“It’s moments like stopping on the side of the road when he’s riding from Melbourne to Perth to give a woman going through breast cancer treatment a hug that’s firmly planted him in the hearts of people across Australia,” she said.

“On behalf of all Australians who have been affected by breast cancer, thank you Crawf for putting your body on the line to raise funds and awareness for BCNA – yet again.”

We also want to thank our members, corporate partners and the whole community for getting behind Crawf and BCNA and voting for him night after night.

Congratulations also goes to celebrity columnist Richard Reid who took home the crown in last night’s season finale, with the $100,000 prize money being donated to his chosen charity Beyond Blue.