Half marathon raises funds

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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