From the editor's desk
THERE isn’t one reader who shouldn’t be interested in our front page story this week.
Cancer is a disease that has touched us all in some way, shape or form, whether personally or through the people we know and love.
This weekend is the annual Whitsunday Relay For Life when our community comes together as both individuals and teams, to raise money for cancer research.
This year the event will return to the Whitsunday Sportspark and as many people as possible are encouraged to lend their support.
Many of those who have taken part in Relay For Life before have described it as an emotional experience they wouldn’t have missed.
Particularly poignant in previous years has been the candle lighting ceremony where participants remember the loved ones they have lost to the disease.
Special acknowledgment must go to local woman Wendy Downes, OAM, who was the first person to join the Whitsunday Relay For Life organising committee in 2005 and whose contribution and dedication to the event has now been honoured.
Mrs Downes has been named as the patron of the 2015 event – a title that is well deserved.
On another matter...
Keep your eyes peeled for our very own white whale.
“Chalkie” who was named right here in the Whitsundays after a competition run by bareboat company Whitsunday Escape is believed to be headed our way.
The staff at Whitsunday Escape have been keenly scrutinising footage of the white whale recently seen on the Gold Coast and are convinced a “birth mark” on the tail is a positive match.
Let’s hope we see Chalkie this year. Sharon Smallwood Editor