Masked he­roes fight can­cer

SICYC ball recog­nises con­trib­u­tors

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

“THEY don’t stand up and ask for ac­co­lades.”

This is what Shag Islet Cruis­ing Yacht Club (SICYC) founder and “Vice Com­modore” Ken Thack­eray had to say about the “out­stand­ing” vol­un­teer work demon­strated by club mem­bers and recog­nised at a Mas­quer­ade Cock­tail Party at Hem­ing­way’s on Satur­day.

The SICYC has a pur­pose which is two-fold: to pro­mote strength in a cruis­ing net­work for yachties and to also con­trib­ute funds to prostate can­cer re­search.

On Satur­day a se­lect few mem­bers were pre­sented with awards to ac­knowl­edge their com­mit­ment to the club and Mr Thack­eray said it was a “tough call” to only sin­gle out a few.

“We have mem­bers from 17 na­tions from all over the world (and) amongst those mem­bers we have very dy­namic peo­ple,” he said.

“Many don’t pro­file them­selves and they sit qui­etly in the back­ground and do mar­vel­lous work.

“Oth­ers pro­file them­selves and, in do­ing so, bring oth­ers into the fold.

“So it be­comes very dif­fi­cult when we look at out­stand­ing achieve­ment be­cause we have to look down into what SICYC is all about to find the peo­ple who do the hard yards.”

Ian An­der­son was pre­sented with the Gold Salty Award for in­di­vid­ual achieve­ment, Tony Lit­tle took the Sil­ver Salty Award and bronze went to Dianna and Ste­wart Scar­bor­ough.

The SICYC Hero award given to those who spon­sor SICYC to the “high­est de­gree” was awarded to Brian and Kay Bond.

But Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia board mem­ber Richard Ben­nett said the real he­roes were Ken and Rhonda Thack­eray “who started this from noth­ing by just get­ting some yachties to­gether to raise money for prostate can­cer re­search which is a dis­ease that af­fects men greatly”.

“Al­most dou­ble the amount of peo­ple lose their lives to prostate can­cer as women lose to breast can­cer now,” he said.

Since it’s in­cep­tion in 2009, SICYC mem­bers have raised more than $400,000.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

VICE COMMODORES: Dianna and Ste­wart Scar­bor­ough, Brian and Kay Bond, Tony Lit­tle and Evan John­ston at the SICYC Mas­quer­ade Ball.

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