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Long run for a good cause

The team going the 22km distance between Cannonvale and Proserpine on Sunday morning at about 8.45am. Outfront Michael Galea, Greg Mitchell, Jade Baines and James Beckett.
The team going the 22km distance between Cannonvale and Proserpine on Sunday morning at about 8.45am. Outfront Michael Galea, Greg Mitchell, Jade Baines and James Beckett.

FOUR local high school students have raised more than $1200 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation by running from Cannonvale to Proserpine on Sunday morning.

The 22km run – slightly longer than a half-marathon – originally started as Michael Galea's desire for a physical challenge.

But it evolved into him and three mates going the distance on a beautiful winter morning.

The year 10 student was joined by fellow Proserpine State High School students Jade Baines, James Beckett and Greg Mitchell.

The four youths – all keen sportsmen – endured the long slog in aid of a good cause.

Michael described the birth of the idea when he and Jade were talking at the bus stop about three weeks ago.

“I wanted to test myself physically,” Michael said.

“Why don't we do it for a good cause?” he asked Jade.

Wearing pink singlets, the group left Cannonvale at 6.40am on Sunday morning and arrived at Pioneer Park in Proserpine just under three hours later.

Once at the park, the team topped up the donations they had received from their school and doorknock appeals in Cannonvale. They all agreed it hadn't been an easy jog, and said running through Hamilton Plains in particular had been very hard.

But it was worth it as the amount of money raised exceeded their expectations.

The runners also received some friendly support along the way with a lot of motorists showing their appreciation with friendly toots.

“One guy stopped and gave us five bucks, Michael said.

But Michael said it wasn't just about raising money; it was also about raising awareness about breast cancer.

“We are not just raising money, we are letting people know more about breast cancer as well,” he said.

“Some people in our team have had people close to them affected by breast cancer.”

The National Breast Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and promotes research into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the most commonly occurring cancers in Australian women.

It is expected that 13,600 new cases will be diagnosed this year.


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