Tire­less fundrais­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

OAK beach res­i­dents have ral­lied together and are tire­lessly rais­ing money in hon­our of former local Phil Or­chard, who died of pan­cre­atic cancer nearly two years ago.

Phil’s life was trag­i­cally cut short when he was di­ag­nosed with cancer and lost his bat­tle a short six months later at the ten­der age of 34, leav­ing be­hind his wife and two small chil­dren.

Phil’s brother Andy, his wife Louise and daugh­ter Jas­mine, along­side Andy and Phil’s par­ents, who have flown over from es­pe­cially from New Zealand, have formed a team of lo­cals, who will race in the re­lay for life event to be held in Cairns on June 16.

The unique overnight event will see their team of 15 take turns to keep a ba­ton mov­ing in a re­lay style from 3pm in the af­ter­noon un­til 9am in the morn­ing, and will raise money to­wards the Cancer Coun­cil.

The aim of the event is to give an op­por­tu­nity to fam­ily, friends and col­leagues of cancer sur­vivors to cel­e­brate, re­mem­ber those who have been lost to cancer and to fight back and raise aware­ness about and money to­wards cancer re­search.

“We are run­ning in dear­est memory of Phil and to help other peo­ple with cancer,” Louise said.

“Phil was a dear fa­ther to two lovely girls, hus­band to Mell, son, brother and a dear friend, like so many suf­fer­ing from this hor­ri­ble dis­ease, his life was cut far too short.

“It hap­pened so quickly, and we all as fam­ily felt that there was noth­ing we could do - by run­ning this re­lay, we feel that we are com­mem­o­rat­ing his name as well as rais­ing money for a great char­ity.

“If any­body would like to do­nate, ev­ery dol­lar helps and it would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.”

To sup­port the team visit www. re­lay­for­life. org. au, fol­low the links to spon­sor a team and click on Phil Or­chard, or al­ter­na­tively con­tact the team leader Louise on 0400 332 903.

Wor­thy ef­fort: John Or­chard, Jas­mine Or­chard and Emma and Alex Brown at their sausage siz­zle at the Moss­man Mar­kets

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