Bold moves at Monto event

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MONTO’S spirit of gen­eros­ity is alive and well and­work­ing for a good cause.

Acrowd of about 80 gath­ered at the RSL to raise funds for can­cer ser­vices on Fri­day night and pulled to­gether more than $1000.

Some of the men were bold enough to dress up in women’s clothes and auc­tioned them­selves off to raise funds.

Club trea­surer Hec Ki­lah said the club was more than happy with the night and happy to be part of a gen­er­ous community.

“Only $250 had been raised through do­na­tions lead­ing up to the night so to raise more than $1000 ex­tra was tremen­dous,” he said.

The to­tal amount raised was $1580.50 and will go to­wards the Queens­land Can­cer Coun­cil fund­ing treat­ments for all forms of can­cer.

‘Only $250 had been raised through do­na­tions lead­ing up to the night so to raise more than $1000 ex­tra was tremen­dous.’

IT IS no reg­u­lar feat, even for the most ex­pe­ri­enced horse rider.

But Sa­muel Alexan­der has been rid­ing solo from Healesville in Vic­to­ria to Mackay since Fe­bru­ary, to raise money for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

The 24-year-old med­i­cal stu­dent will cover about 4000km dur­ing his Head­ing North 2012 ride and is expected to fin­ish by De­cem­ber 16.

Alexan­der, who has only been rid­ing for about three years, said he was do­ing the ride to see more of Aus­tralia.

“I’m a third-time univer­sity stu­dent, so I’ve been study­ing for sev­eral years now,” he said.

“I de­cided to take a year off to take a look atmy own back­yard while I still can and have a look at Aus­tralia from the back of a horse.

“And I thought it would also be a good idea for me to raise money for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.”

As well as rid­ing from town to town, Alexan­der spreads his own mes­sage.

“With my back­ground (as a med­i­cal stu­dent), I thought it would be good forme to go around schools and community cen­tres to pro­mote the idea of ru­ral medicine, in­clud­ing doc­tors, nurses, phys­io­ther­a­pists and psy­chol­o­gists,” he said.

Alexan­der vis­ited Biggen­den State School and gave a talk to the Biggen­den Apex Club on Tues­day and has since moved on toMr Perry, where he is expected to arrive to­mor­row.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate to the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice, visit head­ing­north2012.com.

■ Have your say on Sa­muel Alexan­der’s ride at ed­i­to­rial@south­bur­nett times.com.au.

Photo: Louise Cheer

ONTHEROAD: SamAlexan­der with his three horses Ranger, Marda and Lad­die.

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