GALLERY: Meet Hervey Bay's face of the relay
MATTHEW Selke has been through hell and back.
The Hervey Bay father-of-two is a survivor of stage three bowel cancer and Hervey Bay Relay for Life's 'Face of the Relay'.
Mr Selke, 42, was backed by a team of pirates known as 'Matty's Misfits', a collection of family and friends doing their best interpretation of the event's theme 'going for gold'.
"They asked me to be the face of the relay a few years ago but I said I wanted to wait until I wasn't in treatment any more," he said.
"Part of my duty was saying the survivor's oath, cutting the banner and judging the only-male-contested 'Miss Relay' competition."
Hervey Bay Relay for Life committee chair of five years Kay Nixon said Mr Selke was a humble community hero who came through at the last minute.
"The truck we organised fell through and on two hours notice Matthew got us a truck to transfer tables, chairs and bins to set up."
The Stafford Park event had 500 people in 47 teams and raised more than $53,700.