CHALLENGE: Ferry friends Tolita Dukes, Paul Watson and Katie Cahill preparing for Pauls' pizza eating challenge as a fundraiser for cancer research.
CHALLENGE: Ferry friends Tolita Dukes, Paul Watson and Katie Cahill preparing for Pauls' pizza eating challenge as a fundraiser for cancer research.

Pizza comp for cancer research

CANNONVALE residents Katie Cahill, Tolita Dukes and Paul Watson came up with a new and novel way to raise money for cancer research by taking on the Mangrove Jacks "battle the beast" pizza challenge on Saturday afternoon.

The three "ferry friends" who worked together at Hamilton Island, used their daily travel time to brainstorm fundraising ideas for "Smiling for Smiddy", a charity established in memory of keen cyclist Adam Smiddy, who passed away from aggressive cancer, aged 26.

Having seen how much Mr Watson was able to eat, the girls said they were sure he could tackle the 18" pizza containing 100g ground beef, 200g pepperoni, 250g cheese, 200g ham, 100g bacon, 100g onion, 200g sauce and 750g dough.

"Paul's always wanted to do it - he wants to see his name up there on the "wall of fame" so we thought why not make it a charity event," Ms Cahill said.

True to form, Mr Watson, the manager of Hamilton Island Airport, finished the pizza within the hour, but with a little help.

The spicy pepperoni proved to be his undoing so Tolita Dukes, Nicole Watson, Fiona Dart and Katie Cahill all took one of the remaining four slices and finished the pizza on time.

Ms Cahill, who has been fundraising since October last year, said she was very proud of her ferry friend for his fantastic effort.

Most importantly $550 was raised in pizza donations, bringing Ms Cahill's total fundraising amount to $1,810 to date.

For more information or to make a donation visit the fundraising page www.smiddyfundraising.com.au/katie_cahill


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