He­roes with a wheel­bar­row

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MOSS­MAN’S Ju­dith Day tested her fit­ness and wheel­bar­row skills last week­end with her team sup­port­ing 65 Roses for Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis in the Great Wheel­bar­row Race.

The team raised over $18,000 for the Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Far North Queens­land (CFFNQ) branch in the gru­elling 140km three-day race over hilly ter­rain from Ma­reeba to Dim­bu­lah, Al­maden and fin­ish­ing in Chilla­goe.

Ms Day said it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence to help raise money for a char­ity that sup­ports one of their friends, who joined in as their time­keeper.

“My friend Shel­ley Shep­hard has cys­tic fi­bro­sis and lives on a cat­tle sta­tion up in Cape York and we did it in her hon­our, she was born with CF and is an in­spi­ra­tion to ev­ery­body,” she said.

“We were sup­port­ing the CFFNQ branch and the money will stay in Far North Queens­land for CF suf­fer­ers and fam­i­lies who need to travel to Bris­bane at least twice a year.

“The race was awe­some, it was painfully hard but a great, great ex­pe­ri­ence, we came 24th out of 52 teams and in our cat­e­gory we came about fourth.”

The team ran in a 20-sec­ond re­lay, chang­ing over with a twominute breather on the bus be­fore jump­ing back out and do­ing their next 20 sec­onds.

The high­lights for Ms Day was the team spirit of sup­port­ing each other, run­ning into the towns and hav­ing the school kids cheer­ing the teams and run­ning into Chilla­goe to fin­ish the race.

“The first day was Ma­reeba to Dim­bu­lah, 45km and the sec­ond day was 67km to Al­maden - that was the hard­est day - and the next day to Chilla­goe was ap­par­ently an easy day of 32km,” she said.

“It was amaz­ing fun, I had no idea what I was get­ting into and the tough­est was the mid­dle day when we had to do the two moun­tain ranges Lappa Junc­tion and Tophat Pass - it was like go­ing over the Great Di­vid­ing Range.

“I was lucky enough to get the top bit of the Lappa and the next per­son got down­hill.

“I would like to thank the sup­port teams and or­gan­is­ers, they’re the ones that do the work be­hind the scenes.”

The record for fundrais­ing was smashed with over $145,000 raised be­tween 24 of the teams.

Team ef­fort: Moss­man’s Ju­dith Day, third from left, with her team

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