Walkers get abreast of cancer
Tickle and pink always seem to go together. And so it was last Saturday morning when Coolum’s Tickle Park was inundated by pink-clad women – and a few brave men – as they assembled for the start of the fourth annual Walk 4 Breast Cancer
The 20km walk to Noosa, in aid of Cancer Council Queensland, saw walkers decked out in all manner of things pink: there were hot-pink tutus, shirts, caps, pointy party hats and bras – worn on the outside and some even back to front.
This year more than 600 walkers participated in the walk, almost double last year’s number, and raised around $30,000, which is about $10,000 more than last year.
Organiser Cassandra Munson said that because cancer had “touched everyone”, the event was personal for many people and had become more than a fundraiser.
Queensland Ambulance Service administrator Lynda Bird was one of many who organised a team for personal reasons.
“Everyone on our team have had friends or family diagnosed with breast cancer; friends of mine are currently receiving treatment and they’re only in their 30s,” she said.
“The scariest thing about cancer is that people are getting it younger and younger these days. Given the recent tragic news of Jane McGrath’s passing, the walk means that much more to us all. She was courageous, beautiful and a very generous woman – an inspiration.”
“It’s also a great way for us to keep fit and a perfect excuse to catch up with the girls and have a few laughs.”
If you missed out this year, don’t worry. Ms Munson said the walk would “absolutely” be on again next year.