4 February 2015, Written by Jenna Rathbone


CORPORATE rivalries are set to flare as a raft of Brisbane Businesses swap the office desk for the beach volleyball court. 

Hundreds of the city's business leaders are gearing up to go head-to-head in The Battle Against Ovarian Cancer, to raise funds for Cherish Women's Cancer Foundation.

Cutting Edge, MSI Taylor, Pilot Partners, JSA Creative, Channel Nine, B105, Place Real Estate, Ray White, QML and Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology are just a few big names putting their company pride on the line as they 'settle the score' on the beach volleyball court and in the fundraising stakes.

MSI Taylor will take on fellow accounting firm Pilot Partners and both teams are optimistic about their chance of winning the match.

However, Partner at MSI Taylor says it is all about having fun and promoting the importance of giving back to the community while boosting staff morale within the workplace.

"At the end of the day, we are not there to win. We are there to participate and use that participation to promote and support the cause through our database, friends and family - we are there to have fun but if we win a game, that would be great," says Partner at MSI Taylor, Rob Moore.

MSI Taylor currently has nine employees putting their best foot forward on the court while Pilot Partners has four registered contenders.

"That is great to know because it means we have more court to hit the ball into," says Moore.

"They might be luring us in with a false sense of security...they might show up with volleyball champions," Moore says.

This is half true.  Kylee Smith, manager of Taxation Services at Pilot Partners says she is hoping Pilot Partners will be a competitive team given the players have all played before. 

"Our first competition with MSI will be an interesting one given we are both accounting firms and I am sure our competitive natures will come out on the sand," she says.

Smith adds that the team is looking forward to the social event and aims to raise as much money as possible for the 1000 women diagnosed with genealogical cancer in Queensland each year.

She is encouraging other Brisbane Businesses to back the cause and sign up for the challenge.

"The event is great because it brings the community together in a way that is fun and also supports a great cause," says Smith.

"You are playing volleyball to support ovarian cancer and it is an opportunity to build networks while contributing towards the fight against cancer."

Research shows of the 1000 women diagnosed each year in Queensland, one in three women will not survive.

The Battle Against Ovarian Cancer will take place on Sunday 22 February at Sandstorm Beach Club, Mt Gravatt.  To register for the battle, CLICK HERE

Corporate rivalries include:

Place vs. Ray White
QML vs. Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology
Carat vs. Clemenger BBDO
Cutting Edge vs. The Cyber Institute
Lexus of Brisbane vs. Lexus of Springwood
Channel Nine vs. B105

Author: Jenna Rathbone
About: Jenna Rathbone is a Queensland-based journalist who writes on a range of issues including business and property affairs and social issues.
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