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News & Events June 13, 2024

Perth’s Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research announces a new fundraising challenge event to raise money to fight the world’s toughest diseases.

Perth’s Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is excited to announce a challenging new fundraising event, the Perkins Plunge, a thrilling 12-hour overnight relay swim set to take place September 7 and 8 at the iconic HBF Stadium in Mount Claremont. This innovative event promises to make a splash in the fight against disease while enticing teams to push themselves through the night.

“At the Perkins, we believe in the power of collaboration to drive positive change,” said Prof Peter Leedman AO, the Perkins Chief Executive Officer. “Medical research is the only way we can turn the tide on the diseases that are robbing us of the people we love.

“The Perkins Plunge powered by MinRes is more than just a fundraising event. Like research, the Plunge will push you to the limits and beyond in the hope of funding life-saving discoveries that will change the course of cancer, heart disease, rare genetic diseases and more.

“It’s a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and our researchers’ commitment to finding answers to the world’s toughest diseases.”

Individuals and teams can register now and kickstart their fundraising efforts. By setting personal and team fundraising goals, participants can make a tangible impact on the future health of their loved ones, while engaging their networks in support of a shared cause. With each stroke, swimmers will move closer to funding critical medical research projects that will give them and those they love the opportunity to live longer, healthier and better lives.

In addition to the exhilarating swim relay, participants can look forward to a night filled with entertainment, refreshments, and an inspiring, shared sense of achievement as they plunge through the darkness in support of medical research. The Perkins Plunge powered by MinRes promises to be an experience like no other, where teamwork and determination converge to create lasting change.

Registration for the Perkins Plunge is now open at a special 60% off early bird rate of $24 until Monday 17 June. To learn more and sign-up for this exciting event, visit

The Perkins has dived in with title partner Mineral Resources (MinRes) to “float” this event. Other sponsorship opportunities are also available for businesses and organisations looking to make a splash in the fight against disease.