Long walk for good cause

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THEY might have been ex­hausted, but they went away with enor­mous sat­is­fac­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants in the Ba­nana Shire Re­lay For Life were buzzing af­ter nine months of fundrais­ing for the Can­cer Coun­cil cul­mi­nated in one long walk.

On Oc­to­ber 13 and 14, more than 20 mem­bers of the Monto community at­tended the event in Biloela.

The three teams were the Bowtie Bud­dies, the Pi­rates, and the Gla­di­a­tors.

Monto co-or­di­na­tor Fran Pick­er­ing said there was a per­sonal in­spi­ra­tion for all team mem­bers.

“Ev­ery­one on all teams had some­one af­fected by can­cer and that’s who we walked for,” she said.

The teams raised more than $1000 each, not in­clud­ing fundrais­ing un­der­taken dur­ing the re­lay week­end.

Ev­ery­one dressed up and had some fun while rais­ing money for a wor­thy cause.

On the Satur­day evening or­gan­is­ers held a hope cer­e­mony to re­mem­ber those who had lost their fight, who are bat­tling, and those who have been suc­cess­ful in their fight against can­cer. It was marked by a can­dle-lit hon­our lap.

Mrs Pick­er­ing said en­thu­si­asm was cer­tainly not lack­ing from the Monto teams.

“The kids were so ex­cited that even be­fore get­ting home they were al­ready plan­ning for next year’s event,” she said.

“I would like to say a big thank you to the Monto community, par­tic­u­larly busi­nesses. Ev­ery­body has been great for such a small community.”

Do­na­tions to the Ba­nana Shire Re­lay For Life raised more than $39,000 for the Queens­land Can­cer Coun­cil.

Ev­ery dol­lar raised at Re­lay For Life helps the Can­cer Coun­cil to in­ves­ti­gate new ways to pre­vent, de­tect and treat can­cers, ed­u­cate peo­ple about ways they can re­duce their can­cer risk, ad­vo­cate for can­cer con­trol and influence gov­ern­ment pol­icy and of­fer sup­port to peo­ple. ■ For more pho­tos from the Re­lay turn to page 10, or check out the on­line gallery at south­bur­nett­times.com .au.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

RE­LAY PI­RATES: Mar­garet Nagy, Sum­mer Roth, Luke Tit­marsh, Ryan Pick­er­ing, Dy­lan Burgess, Ryan Cook, Zac His­cock, (front) Ains­ley Mar­bach and Si­mone King.

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