Australia Cancer Research Foundation

19th June 2019

Daniel Kranz and the Posties

Here at Star-Name-Registry, we are always looking for ways to raise money for charities and to fundraise to raise awareness for the issues outlined by these charities. After doing some research, one of our colleagues, Danielle came across Daniel Kranz and the Postie Bikes, who are in the midst of riding 4000km in the Australian Outback to raise funds and awareness for the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. The Australian Cancer Research Foundation work with all types of cancer research and looks for ways to fight against it. Daniel and the Postie Trek have raised over $100,000 AUD so far, but this isn't the first time they have gone to extreme lengths to raise money for Charities. Their first trek was back in 2016, in memory of Daniel's Uncle Den, who spent years working as a postie and was a huge motorcycle fan. Den passed away 6 months after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, he was only in his fifties. Unfortunately, tragedy struck again and Daniel's grandfather was later diagnosed with cancer and passed away, this led to the second Postie Trek event. In betweeen these 2 events, Daniel's wife Hannah, was diagnosed with cervical cancer and underwent a hysterectomy to remove her entire cervix. Daniel, in his own words, wanted to "create something positive out of all of the negativity of losing them. Because we had just lost a family member, we wanted the money raised to go to front line projects, to stop anyone else from going through what we had to. We wanted our kids not to have to worry about it." With 100% of all the money raised from the event going directly to the cause, Daniel and the riders rely on community support wherever possible.

When we heard about all the effort, determination and the emotion Daniel and Postie Trek are going through, we decided to do our bit and name 15 stars after all of those participating in this extraordinary event for an extraordinary cause! You can do your bit too, to donate, please click here

Constellation of the Week

This week, we have decided to nominate Cassiopeia as our Constellation of the Week! In Greek Mythology, Cassiopeia was the wife of King Cepheus (represented by the neighbouring constellatio Cepheus) of Ethiopia. Once, she boasted that she was more beautiful tham the Nereids. The Nereids where the 50 sea nymphs fathered by the Titan Nereus. They were enraged by Cassiopeia's comments and appealed to Poseidon to punish Cassiopeia for her boastfulness. Poseidon was married to one of the nymphs, Amphitrite.

The sea god obliged and sent Cetus, a sea monster represented by the constelltion Cetus (The Whale) located in the same region of the sky, to ravage the coast of Cepheus' Kingdom. Cepheus turned to an oracle for help and the oracle told him that, in order to appease Poseidon, he and Cassiopeia had to sacrifice their daughter Andromeda to the sea monster. Reluctantly, they did so, leaving Andromeda chained to a rock for the monster to find. However, she was saved in the last minute by Greek hero Perseus, who happened to be passing by, saw Andromeda and rescused her from the monster.

Perseus and Andromeda were later married. At the wedding, one of her former suitors, named Phineus, appeared and claimed that he was the only one who had the right to marry Andromeda. There was a fight and Perseus, desperately outnumbered, used the head of Medusa, the monster he had recently slain, to defeat his opponents. One ook at Medusa's head turned them all into stone. In the process, however, the king and queen were also killed because they did not look away from the monsters head in time.

It was Poseidon who placed Cassiopeia and Cepheus in the sky. Cassiopeia, the myth goes, was conedemned to circle the celestial pole forever, and spends half the year upside down in the sky as punishment for her vanity. She is usually depicted on her throne, still combing her hair.

Being the Queen, Cassiopeia is the perfect constellation for Mothers and Grandmothers, and with International Mother's Day approaching, is the perfect constellation to name a star in! To name a star in the Cassiopeia constellation, you can click here