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3 June, 2021

Trekking for a difference

DONATIONS are coming in thick and fast for participants in a local breast cancer fundraising event being held in June.

The MacDonnells Law Arrow Experience on June 20 is fundraising for breast cancer diagnostic equipment in FNQ, to help speed up the testing process.

Phil Young’s i-LEC team of 10 members has attracted $5725 in donations so far, but they are far from resting on their laurels.

“Everyone knows someone who’s had breast cancer or is having treatment so it just seemed like a good cause for us to get behind,” Mr Young said.

“I did the Kokoda Track three years ago and I trained on the Arrows so when I saw this event come up, I knew it was something our work crew could do as a team bonding experience,” he said.

As far as his fundraising goes, he’s already smashed his initial $2500 goal but has since set his sights higher.

“I think we can get to at least $6500 and maybe even more. Many people have already generously supported us already so we’re excited to see what we can get to.”

He and his team also are selling raffle tickets in the MG art union that is part of the event and running any other fundraising activities they can think of.

Participants in the MacDonnells Law Arrow Experience will walk either two or four of the Arrows of Mt Whitfield and once registered, each participant is required to fundraise at least $100. The equipment sought is valued at $80,000 and organisers are confident the goal will be reached.

Foundation CEO Tony Williamson said it was unfortunate that breast cancer diagnoses were so prevalent, but the event would make a difference in the diagnostic time frame.

“The Foundation is about making a difference in patient outcomes and if we can help reduce the anxiety by making the testing process a bit quicker, then it’s worthwhile,” Mr Williamson said.

He encouraged everyone to participate in the walk of the two or four arrows of Mt Whitfield on June 20 or donate what they could to make a difference.

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