Cure run raises $4000

THE Run for a Cure was held on Sunday with a huge fundraising effort raising $4400 for the Cancer Council. The money came from the 152 participants as well as donations from community groups.

The Rotary Club was the biggest donor tipping in $2000, while the highest individual fundraiser was Georgia Murray, raising $385 and Cannonvale State School provided the biggest school team.

People came from far and wide to run on a beautiful, sunny Whitsunday morning, with participants from as far away as Mackay, Brisbane, Western Australia, Melbourne, Sydney and the Sunshine Coast.

The winner in the 10 kilometre run was Greg Bailey from WA, closely followed by talented Whitsunday 10-year-old Lloyd Clode-Roberts in an incredibly quick time of 38.34mins.

Lloyd's achievement cannot be understated, as for a 10-year-old to keep pace with Bailey, very much a professional runner, over a distance event is staggering.

The first lady home in the 10 kilometre event was 2006 Commonwealth Games Marathon runner and winner of the recent Gold Coast Marathon Lauren Shelley.

In the 5 kilometre event, the first runners across the line were Kristian Rhoden and Heidi Brewster and in the 2.5 kilometre. Joel Martin and Marie Philp were first over the line. Aside from the run, the day also included a raffle and random draw, with prizes to the value of $1600 donated by local businesses.

Run for a Cure organiser Wendy Downes was extremely pleased with how the day went and in her welcome speech, stressed the importance of the cause competitors were there to support.

“While you are walking or running, please take a moment to count your blessings that you are alive and well and able to do what you are doing this morning,” she said.

“Spare a thought for those who are not here because of that dreaded disease, cancer - and remember that whatever you do in life must be enjoyed to the full.”


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