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29 January, 2021

Watercraft ride for cancer

ANYONE with a jet ski, yacht, power boat, or other watercraft is encouraged to join in the Watercraft Charity Ride to Fitzroy Island this Saturday, January 30.

By Tanya Murphy

The cost to participate is a $20 donation, which the organisers, Duncan Powersports and Cairns Watercraft, will use to purchase much-needed equipment and furnishings for the Cancer Care Ward at the Cairns Hospital.

Participants are invited to meet on the water at the end of the Salt House at 9:30am (weather depending) to venture to Fitzroy Island as a group, and return to Cairns at their own leisure.

Cancer Care Ward Nurse Unit Manager Danielle Peever thanked the sponsors for their ongoing support and said the annual fundraiser made a big difference in patients’ lives.

“Last time they allowed us to brighten up patients’ rooms with large signs featuring beautiful local scenery of things like beaches and Paronella Park. They were magnetic allowing patients to put up photos of their family or write notes to their doctors,” she said.

“This year we hope to obtain an ice machine, for the patients who are unable to tolerate food or diet due to their treatment or condition.”

On the day there will also be a raffle to win an overnight stay at Fitzroy Island for two adults donated by Fitzroy Island Resort, and an auction of a signed T-Shirt donated by the Jamie Whincup Red Bull Racing Team.

The event was previously called the Jet Ski Charity Ride and has been running for a number of years, except 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.

By opening it to other forms of watercraft this year it’s hoped even more participants will attend.

People who are unable to attend but wish to make a donation to the fundraiser can do so at Duncan Powersports.

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