Bold moves at Monto event
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.
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ONTHEROAD: SamAlexander with his three horses Ranger, Marda and Laddie.