From the editor's desk

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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