May 4, 2018
It’s toss up what the highlight of Thursday morning’s Mayor’s Breakfast was … an hilarious description about emu mating or the exciting news that rugby great Mark Ella will be coming to the South Burnett.
The fifth annual Mayor’s Breakfast, which was held at the Wondai RSL Club, hosted the launch of the yearly South Burnett Relay For Life, a fundraising campaign for the Cancer Council of Queensland.
Guest speaker William McInnes regaled the almost 90 diners with a string of amusing anecdotes, including an R-rated tale particularly appropriate for a town which hosts an emu statue (see YouTube video, below).
The well-known actor is also the author of 10 books, including “Worse Things Happen At Sea”, co-written with his late wife Sarah, which won the 2012 Indie Non-Fiction Book of the Year award.
Sarah – an award-winning film director in her right – died from breast cancer in 2011 which made William a particularly appropriate guest for the 2018 Relay For Life launch.
2017 Face of Relay John Bjelke-Petersen sashed the 2018 “Face”, Nanango nurse Sue Cox, at the breakfast.
Sue is currently the acting McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurse for the South Burnett, following the farewell of long-serving nurse Roslyn Melmeth in March.
Sue is also a cancer survivor. She was treated for lymphoma in 1977 and has survived two bouts with breast cancer, the latest in 2010.
She said that being a cancer survivor helped when she was talking to people who had been recently diagnosed.
Another highlight of the Mayor’s Breakfast was the announcement by Relay For Life patron Carl Rackemann about the three special guests for this year’s Captains’ Dinner – a major fundraiser for the South Burnett Relay.
The three guests are:
The Captains’ Dinner will be held at Kingaroy Town Hall on July 28, and will be sponsored this year by the Kingaroy Telstra Store.
South Burnett Relay For Life president Rowena Dionysius said online registrations were now open for the 2018 Relay.
She said she was hoping to get registrations from 40 teams and raise more than $100,000.
“Last year we raised $145,000,” she said.
The South Burnett Relay For Life will start at 3:00pm on October 13 at Kingaroy Showground, and will include the traditional candlelit ceremony at 6:30pm.
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