Tax... in daks?

It was a balmy Sunday morning in January 2014 when a team of accountants from Origin’s Adelaide office hit the streets in their undies to raise awareness and money for bowel cancer.

Running under the name 'Tax in Dax', the team took part in the 2km 'Undies Run for Bowel Cancer' which aims to promote bowel cancer screening and raise money for the Cancer Council South Australia.

Each year around 4,000 Australians die from bowel cancer – a cancer which if detected early, is the most curable.

Team captain, Candice Roberts, said the nature of the run (thousands of people running in the city in their underwear) emphasises the importance of talking openly about bowel cancer or taking a screening test, by putting it into perspective.

"Unfortunately many are too embarrassed to talk about bowel cancer or take a screening test. Screening tests are not embarrassing, but running around in your undies is!" said Candice.

"Screening tests are not embarrassing, but running around in your undies is!"

Other team members included Trent Cucchiarelli, Ian Baldwin, Robbie McKenzie, Brooke Simons, Alessia Obbiettivo and Tony Nguyen.

Many of the team members have friends or relatives that have been diagnosed with bowel cancer and they wanted to highlight the importance of screening, which is critical because bowel cancer often develops without any noticeable symptoms.

They raised almost $2,000, when funds were matched through our Give2 matched giving program. Through this and other events, Origin employees raised almost $70,000 in 2014 for cancer support, treatment and research, which was matched by our Foundation.