CEOs enjoy whale of a time
Walking on water for a good cause
PROMINENT members of the Mackay community took part in an entertaining challenge on September 15 to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.
The Cootharinga CEO Challenge had the Mayor of Mackay Greg Williamson, politicians and business owners ‘walking on water’ in an attempt to become the CEO challenge winner for North Queensland.
Cootharinga North Queensland is a disability service assisting people to exercise choice and control in their life through planning, information and advice. Chief executive Peter Mewett said the challenge was about breaking down barriers for children and adults living with a disability in the community.
“Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and Mt Isa are battling it out for the crown this year,” Mr Mewett said.
“The purpose of the event is to raise funds to help people with a disability live the life they want.
“The idea is that the challenge will be carried out every year.
“At (the) event, you can win by either coming first in the race or raising the most funds.”
The first four heats saw Jason Sharom – CEO of Linked Group Services, Kevin Valentine – association development officer of Mackay and District Rugby League Referees Association, Bill Lansbury – treasurer of Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club and Marke Radke – CEO of Radke & Co Accountants take out first place.
Winning the final race was Mr Radke, while Mr Sharom was the overall fund-raising winner. The challenge involved contestants paddling across the Mackay Bluewater Lagoon on inflatable whales, balancing on pool noodles and walking across water in blowup shoes. “Who doesn’t want to see the Mayor fall off a whale into the water?” Mr Mewett laughed.
MAKE A SPLASH: The participants of the 2018 Cootharinga CEO Challenge in Mackay, which raises funds for Cootharinga North Queensland disability service.