Lo­cals raise for can­cer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

EIGHT in­spi­ra­tional lo­cal teams have been busy fundrais­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land’s char­ity event Re­lay for Life.

Held on June 16 and 17 at Bar­low Park in Cairns, Re­lay for Life opens at 3pm with a first lap ded­i­cated to can­cer sur­vivors and their carer and there will be a can­dlelit cer­e­mony in the evening, open to the gen­eral public and a clos­ing cer­e­mony at 9am on the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Teams from Moss­man and Port Dou­glas signed up for the event in­clude Actin Fit­ness, Blind Am­bi­tion, Phil Or­chard, Port Lecure, Port Vil­lage Peo­ple, Team Teach­ing and the In­cred­i­bles.

The Moss­man Port Dou­glas Can­cer Coun­cil Vol­un­teer Branch raised over $10,000 last year for Re­lay for Life and team cap­tain Jen­nellda Har­low said they would try hard to raise the same again this year.

“I have al­ways sup­ported the Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land all of my adult life and I have had a team in the re­lay for life ev­ery year, it’s in its 11th year,” she said.

“We do fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties and par­tic­i­pate in the re­lay, last week­end we were do­ing a raf­fle at the bowls club who do­nated $5 of ev­ery meal sold and also a trivia night at the club and sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets down the street.

“All our team mem­bers have a re­ceipt book and are ask­ing friends for do­na­tions.”

Ms Har­low said it is im­por­tant to raise money for the Can­cer Coun­cil be­cause they are an in­de­pen­dent char­ity that does not re­ceive any gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

“Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land helps fund heaps of re­search at the re­search cen­tre in Bris­bane and with­out re­search we’re never go­ing to stop this hor­ri­ble ill­ness that’s killing way too many peo­ple,” she said.

“The other thing CCQ does is they pro­vide some struc­tured train­ing for health pro­fes­sion­als in can­cer care and have can­cer sup­port ser­vices, but my pas­sion is we need ev­ery cent for re­search to help find a rea­son or cure.”

If you would like to do­nate to the Moss­man Port Dou­glas Vol­un­teer Branch re­lay team, con­tact Jen­nellda Har­low on 4098 1126 or 4098 4922 and do­nate to Re­lay for Life at www.re­lay­for­life.org.au

Port Vil­lage Peo­ple con­sists of friendly doc­tors and nurses from the med­i­cal vil­lage and to fundraise they are con­duct­ing bulk-billed can­cer checks tonight from 6pm and next week.

If you are due for a mole check, pap smear, breast or prostate check, this is a good op­por­tu­nity and all money re­turned from the gov­ern­ment will be do­nated.

Call the Port Vil­lage Med­i­cal Cen­tre on 4099 5043 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Photo by AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

Char­ity cham­pi­ons: Jen­nelda Har­low, Jas­mine Faich­ney, Sid The Seag­ull and Ebony Faich­ney

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