March Charge

The Chronicle - - OPINION NEWS -

THIS month, thou­sands of Queens­lan­ders are charg­ing through March by hit­ting the pave­ment to help beat cancer.

The March Charge, which reaches the half­way mark this week, chal­lenges Queens­lan­ders to run or walk through­out the month to im­prove their health and raise funds for Cancer Coun­cil.

To those tak­ing part – we’re cheer­ing you on. Whether you run 100km, or walk 30km through­out March, ev­ery step brings us closer to a cancer free fu­ture.

Funds raised through the cam­paign play a vi­tal role in trans­form­ing cancer con­trol in Queens­land and give hope to those af­fected by cancer.

The March Charge is also an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on your own health and well­be­ing.

More than 27,000 peo­ple are di­ag­nosed with cancer each year in Queens­land – you can help re­duce your risk of cancer by get­ting ac­tive to­day.

At least one third of all can­cers are pre­ventable through healthy lifestyle choices in­clud­ing get­ting ac­tive, eat­ing well, lim­it­ing al­co­hol, quit­ting smok­ing and stay­ing SunS­mart.

You don’t need to be an ath­lete to im­prove your health, or raise funds, all you need is a pair of run­ning shoes and a dose of de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Give cancer a run for its money – and en­list your friends to join you.

There’s still time to reg­is­ter for The March Charge, or do­nate, at the­marchcharge.com.au.

More in­for­ma­tion about Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land is avail­able at can­cerqld.org.au or 13 11 20. — CHRIS McMIL­LAN, Cancer Coun­cil Qld chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

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