Teen inspires all with cancer fundraising

AS his parents proudly watched on, Hervey Bay's Declan James launched the boat he had spent three months working on into the water off Hervey Bay.

The 14-year-old Fraser Coast Anglican College student started work on the boat for a school project, but then he had an idea.

Declan lost his nanna to cancer last year and he wanted to raise funds for Daffodil Day to support cancer research.

14 yr old Declan James heads out of Urangan marina in his home made boat on his way to Big Woody Island.
14 yr old Declan James heads out of Urangan marina in his home made boat on his way to Big Woody Island. Alistair Brightman

His proud mum, Sharon, has supported his fundraising efforts while his dad, Harold, helped him build the boat.

As of yesterday morning, Declan had raised $3000 for the cause.

Yesterday Declan launched his boat from Urangan Marina and motored his way over to Big Woody Island, with a support crew watching on from a larger boat.

Declan said he knew his grandmother would have been very proud of his efforts.

He said his aim was to raise money, but also raise awareness.

"She was an awesome grandmother, she loved me a lot. I think she would be very proud of me for doing this for her."



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