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