PRETTY PJ'S: These Whitsunday women and children raised thousands of dollars to go towards childhood cancer research on Tuesday as part of the Great Pyjama Challenge. Back: Mamari Corner, Katie Hickey, Jo Rizzolo, Deborah Sanderson, Lisa Christofersen, Shandyn Bentley, Kelly Peterson, Maz MacDougall and Pauline Redpath. Front: Ellsie Hinton, Casey and Logan Lindsay and Nicki Steel.
PRETTY PJ'S: These Whitsunday women and children raised thousands of dollars to go towards childhood cancer research on Tuesday as part of the Great Pyjama Challenge. Back: Mamari Corner, Katie Hickey, Jo Rizzolo, Deborah Sanderson, Lisa Christofersen, Shandyn Bentley, Kelly Peterson, Maz MacDougall and Pauline Redpath. Front: Ellsie Hinton, Casey and Logan Lindsay and Nicki Steel.

Women in PJs for cancer research

WHEN it comes to fundraising, some ideas can be as extravagant as anybody could imagine.

But for some Whitsunday women, wearing pyjamas was all it took.

Eleven brave Whitsunday women donned their pretty pjs on Tuesday as part of the Great Pyjama Challenge to raise money for Logan’s Run – a team that will take part in the Bridge to Brisbane on September 11 to raise money for childhood cancer research.

By the end of the day the women had raised about $4000 with more donations expected in the coming days.

These donations will help take the total amount for Logan’s Run to close to $20,000.

Six-year-old Logan Wells lost his battle with cancer late last year and since then his mother Lisa has been doing all she can to raise money for research in her son’s memory.

She said the idea of the pj challenge came from a discussion between four ‘hospital mums’ – from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane – who dared one another to wear their pjs out in the community.

Lisa said she was blown away by the amount of money raised from the day with $500 being the initial target.

"It’s in memory of all the kids who lost their battle, are still battling, those who have overcome their battle and those who don’t yet know they will get it."

On Tuesday the women started with a complimentary breakfast at Coral Sea Resort before making their way down the main street of Airlie Beach in their bright pjs.

The women also pulled a cement truck at the Reef Gateway Hotel while getting photos at the iconic ‘Welcome to Airlie Beach’ sign and at Whitsunday Police Station.

The highlight of the day though came when Lisa skydived with Skydive Airlie Beach.

The skydive was a donation from local business people Linda and Scott Wardroper, Donald Hankins and Aaron Bannister. Skydive Airlie Beach in turn donated this money to Logan’s Run.

Maz MacDougall was the highest individual fundraiser of the women, raising more than $1000.

She said the Whitsunday community again showed what a great supportive community it was. "Once again I can’t believe this town and its generosity," she said.

"Even though times are hard, everyone still gives."


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