Long trip makes real dif­fer­ence

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

DOUGGIE got it done.

Af­ter trav­el­ling by foot and by bike to Mt Isa from the Gold Coast, Doug Black raised $3000 which he pre­sented to the Air­lie Beach Ro­tary Club on An­zac Day.

His de­ci­sion to em­bark on the de­mand­ing jour­ney was a di­rect re­ac­tion to Cy­clone Deb­bie as he fundraised on his jour­ney to the Last Man Stand­ing Con­cert held in Mt Isa on April 22.

Mr Black said he was happy to help.

“Con­sid­er­ing what ev­ery­one has gone through along the east coast I was very happy peo­ple were able to do­nate,” he said.

“I like the way (Ro­tary) do it, peo­ple ap­proach them for as­sis­tance and they go and get the equip­ment that is needed for the best price.”

Air­lie Beach Ro­tary pres­i­dent David Pad­don praised Douggie for his per­sis­tence.

“He raised as much money out of Mt Isa on the way there through the coun­try, and that’s a big ef­fort for a guy like that to ride from the Gold Coast to Mt Isa,” he said.

Mr Black said it was im­por­tant for the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity to re­mem­ber that peo­ple across Aus­tralia would al­ways have the re­gion in their thoughts.

ON THE MOVE: Douggie Black trav­elled over 1800km from the Gold Coast to Mt Isa to raise funds for the Whit­sun­days.

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