All push­ing in the same di­rec­tion

A quirky fundraiser for can­cer

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - Sam Flana­gan Sam.Flana­gan@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

IT’S a tra­di­tion which has been go­ing on for more than 25 years in Dalby, but the nov­elty is still far from wear­ing off.

The an­nual bed push, in aid of the Can­cer Coun­cil, has been a great source of fundrais­ing for the char­ity and this year the event saw a spe­cial vis­i­tor help out.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan was grate­ful to be able to take part in a sig­nif­i­cant event for the Dalby branch on Satur­day.

“It’s the first time I’ve come out for it,” Ms McMil­lan said. “I couldn’t get here last year so I made sure I was go­ing to be here this year.

“It’s amaz­ing, the ca­ma­raderie of the group that pull it to­gether is great.

“If you look at how long they’ve been in­volved with Can­cer Coun­cil and the nov­elty of the way they go about do­ing it is just awe­some.

“They’re so ex­cited about it, there’s a cou­ple of troop­ers that are there who are a bit un­well but they’ve still showed up.”

Ms McMil­lan said the more quirky or unique a fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive was, the more likely it would be a suc­cess.

“It’s the only bed push in Queens­land and it’s been around for a long time,” she said.

“I think fundrais­ing is all about do­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent. All causes are great causes so it’s hard to com­pete out there for the char­ity dol­lar.

“But do­ing some­thing unique and a bit of a nov­elty helps spread the mes­sage and the brand of Can­cer Coun­cil.

“One town de­cided to bring their dogs along for the Re­lay for Life so it’s now called Bark for Life.”

Ms MacMil­lan said it was also im­por­tant to put your own spin on the event and make it rel­e­vant to the re­gion and to the peo­ple you were among.

As for Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land, the head hon­cho said 2018 had been a year of get­ting back in touch with its roots.

“It’s gone re­ally well so far, we did a lot of hard work in get­ting things set up at the back end of last year,” she said. “We have put a big fo­cus on as­sist­ing our vol­un­teers to do things.

“Year on year we are able to do more, but we can only do that through the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and vol­un­teers are key to that.” ■ For more in­for­ma­tion on the Can­cer Coun­cil visit www.can­cer.org.au.

PHOTO: SAM FLANA­GAN

ALL IN THIS TO­GETHER: The Dalby Can­cer Coun­cil held its an­nual 'Bed Push' on Satur­day. The group push a bed along the main street of town to raise money.

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