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