Participants head off on the Great Strides Walkathon from the Scarness foreshore.
Participants head off on the Great Strides Walkathon from the Scarness foreshore. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Coasters walk for Cystic Fibrosis

FRASER Coasters made great strides yesterday when they walked 5km along Hervey Bay's foreshore to raise money for cystic fibrosis.

CF is the most common life threatening genetic condition in Australia – and there isn't a cure.

The Bay's LJ Hooker management and staff sponsored the walk, which was led by Coen Ashton, the 13-year-old Maryborough boy who is preparing to jet ski 2000km along the Murray River to encourage 1000 people to register for organ donation.

Donate Life's Ian Rogers, clinical nurse consultant for organ and tissue donation, joined in the walk, saying he hoped more Fraser Coast residents would register to donate organs, as well as supporting the national CF fundraiser.

A CF child is born every four days and face massive medication, long treatment sessions and battling to stay alive as their lungs and digestive systems are savagely attacked by the disease.

To support CF go to www.greatstrides.com.au and to support Coen's journey phone 0400 971 071.

Yesterday Tim Campion, manager of the Beach House Hotel, dropped in $100 to the Chronicle to help Coen with fuel for the trip.



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