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25 June, 2021

$97K raised in epic walk

A NEW piece of breast cancer diagnostic equipment will soon be in Cairns, thanks to the local community fundraising and walking the arrows of Mt Whitfield.

The MacDonnells Law Arrow Experience, hosted by the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation on Sunday resulted in more than $97,000 being raised for the equipment.

250 people nominated to take part and with spectacular weather and huge smiles, an amazing event was enjoyed by all.

Foundation CEO Tony Williamson said the 2021 Arrow event was the best so far in terms of numbers of participants and amount raised.

He particularly paid tribute to a team of staff from BreastScreen Cairns who got behind the event – fundraising and participating. Doctor Sandra Davies was the highest overall individual fundraiser of the event with $5440 and their team Breast Foot Forward was the second highest fundraising team with $9255.

“We had an amazing day on Sunday, there were hundreds of people joined with us for the event, lots of smiles and laughter. When we create these fundraising events, the primary goal is of course fundraising, but there’s some great health benefits from the physical activity itself as well as getting together with friends and family and having a laugh,” he said.

Mr Williamson also paid tribute to significant donors and fundraisers such as i-LEC, which raised a whopping $11,500, Team LSCRR which raised $6481 and individuals such as Sandra Margetts, Kimberley Bugeja and Sara Gaudion who raised $5440, $3546 and $2600 respectively.

“We’d also like to thank our very generous sponsors MacDonnells Law, who also had two teams participating, Exoticathletica, Cairns Regional Council, Avis and the State Emergency Service.

“And we couldn’t have done it without the very many volunteers who helped bring it all to fruition.”

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