Half marathon raises funds
MORE than 70 people including police officers from Proserpine, Sarina and Whitsunday station, their families, local sportsmen, members of the Whitsunday Running Club and residents tackled the half-marathon distance from Crystalbrook Road’s junior sporting complex to the Peter Faust Dam on Saturday.
This year’s charity walk/run was dedicated to raising funds for the family of a local boy, Tom Maloney, who is undergoing treatment for Lymphoma, and the RACQ-CQ Rescue Service.
Constable Steve Ringlestein said more than $2000 had been raised, with another large donation still expected.
“We are really looking forward to notifying the Maloney family and the RACQ-CQ helicopter service so we can present them with the funds raised,” he said.
“Quite recently we have had a number of incidents where we have needed the assistance of the rescue helicopters to transport people to hospital in Townsville and Mackay, and in a regional area like Proserpine and the Whitsundays, their service is essential.”
Mr Ringlestein said it was an extremely expensive operation for a rescue helicopter to perform their duty and any donation large or small would help to make a difference.
This year’s event was the first time cyclists had registered and completed the 23km course.
Serena Police officer Tracey Gray was one of four cyclists and said it was the first time she had seen Peter Faust Dam.
“It is such a beautiful place and many of us didn’t think we would be able to complete the course on foot so we jumped on our bikes to complete the distance,” she said.
“The money is going to two great causes and we were happy to participate in any way we could.”
FUNDRAISING WALK: Nicole Lorraway, Jamie-lee Dempster, Tammy Ringlestein, Nicola Young, Veronica Fruend, Patrick McCoster, Geoff Price, SES volunteer Ty Rumpf, Doug Bullen, Doug Davy, Ben Dray and Tracey Gray all completed the 22km distance from the junior sports complex to the Peter Faust Dam on Saturday.