The average Australian consumes 29 teaspoons of sugar a day – so giving it up entirely was no mean feat for Cheryl Weller last month.
The Blacktown administrator ditched all added sugar, including some of her favourite snacks, in order to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
Ms Weller said her job in the clinical genetics ward at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, inspired her to do Sugar Free September for the degenerative condition.
“It’s more common than people realise. We take for granted that our children are going to be healthy,” she said.
“It’s not curable at the moment and it is life-limiting, so we really need more research funding.”
Ms Weller said the hardest part was giving up the biscuit or cake with her regular afternoon coffee, and she admits she “went a little overboard” in enjoying some sweet rewards earlier this month.
The effort was well worth it though as she’s raised $682 so far, beating her initial goal of $500.
Ms Weller said she used to do City2Surf every year, but after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat and having a pacemaker installed, she had to give up the physical fundraising.
“It’s nice to know I can still try to make a difference,” she said.
Clearly not shy of a challenge, Ms Weller is now wearing a dress every day to raise money for ovarian cancer. At the halfway point in ‘Frocktober’ she is still yet to repeat an outfit.