Phill Munson will be part of the group that will help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation by completing a three day 100km marathon.
Phill Munson will be part of the group that will help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation by completing a three day 100km marathon.

Tragedy inspires Darren to help

LIFESAVING: It will be a challenge but it’s all in the name of a good cause.

Six past and present members of the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club will challenge themselves on a 100km marathon surf ski paddle from Rainbow Beach to Hervey Bay over three days in May to raise awareness and funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia.

The event will see the paddlers travel north from Rainbow Beach and will enjoy overnight stays at Maaroom and Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island before finishing the race at the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club on May 16.

Phill Munson, John Gillard, Ron Thomas, Peter Bisset, Mal McKinlay and Darren Hauser have all paddled competitively for the Hervey Bay club and will be well supported by the club’s rescue boat crew, Colin and Debbie Beattie and Wayne Ahrens, throughout the event.

“Community support for the event has been fantastic,” Darren said.

Darren lost his father last year following a long battle with cancer.

For eight months the Leukaemia Foundation provided his mother with free accommodation close to Royal Brisbane Hospital so she could visit on a regular basis.

“If it wasn’t for this support we don’t know what we would have done. The support provided to regional Queensland families in particular is incredible,” he said.

“The Leukaemia Foundation is a very generous and giving organisation.

“An event like this doesn’t happen without a lot of assistance from many generous community minded people and businesses. We are very thankful and proud to be associated with all our sponsors.”

To find out more or to pledge a donation call 4124 3478.



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