Guest speaker and former Australia A cricketer Lee Carseldine with South Burnett Relay For Life patron Carl Rackemann

April 30, 2021

Relay is back! South Burnett Relay For Life patron Carl Rackemann couldn’t hide his excitement at the Mayor’s Community Charity Breakfast on Friday morning which officially launched this year’s fundraising campaign.

And Carl had more exciting news: Dinner With The Captains is back, too!

Allan Langer … coming to Kingaroy for Dinner With The Captains

This year’s sporting guests at the Captains Dinner will be:

  • Rugby league superstar Allan “Alfie” Langer AM, who played almost 40 games for Queensland as well as more than 25 for Australia and captained the Broncos to their first NRL premiership in 1992.
  • Olympic gold medal beach volleyballer Natalie Cook OAM who became the first Australian woman to compete at five Olympic Games.
  • Kingaroy’s own Kelvin Kerkow OAM who won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in lawn bowls as well as multiple golds in international lawn and indoors bowls championships.

The Dinner With The Captains will be held on July 31 at Kingaroy Town Hall, with a maximum of 344 tickets available (43 tables of eight).

Tickets are $100 per head and can be booked by phoning CROW-FM on (07) 4169-0700.

But did Relay For Life ever really go away?

Committee chair Rowena Dionysius told the breakfast that despite COVID stopping the walk going ahead last year, fundraising still continued  … and $60,000 was raised.

She has fingers crossed that thus year’s effort can again break the $100,000 mark.

However, there will be some COVID-enforced changes to the actual Relay this year: it will not run overnight but will probably start at either 11am or noon and continue until 8:00pm.

Registrations can be made online

South Burnett councillor Kathy Duff compered the breakfast at Kingaroy RSL Club and quizzed the special guest speaker, former cricketer and two-time Australian Survivor star Lee Carseldine.

Topics varied from Lee’s double Masters degree to his naked run on Survivor.

However, Lee also spoke passionately about the “Towel Challenge”, a fundraiser for the Stroke Foundation which arose out of his involvement on Australian Survivor All-Stars and the tragedy of losing his mother to a major stroke.

Lee’s currently working on a new calendar for the Towel Challenge, which will feature multiple celebrities suitably disrobed and entowelled. This calendar will be available later this year.

The 2021 South Burnett Face Of Relay is local teacher Sheba Butler, who has now been cancer-free for four years … Sheba was sashed at Friday morning’s breakfast
Enjoying a coffee before breakfast were John Bjelke-Petersen and Darrin Kefford

Australian Survivor star and cricketer Lee Carseldine was the guest speaker … he described his two stints on the reality TV show

South Burnett Relay For Life chair Rowena Dionysius … details of this year’s event are still being finalised but it will not run overnight
South Burnett mayor Brett Otto and compere for the morning, Cr Kathy Duff
Matt Wyvill, currently starring in Nanango Theatre Company’s latest production, ‘Play On’, with Samantha Dunstan
Sheena Lindholm and Kingaroy Catholic priest Fr Chukwudi Chinaka … Fr Chukwudi did the blessing before breakfast
A record crowd turned out at Kingaroy RSL Club for the Relay For Life launch at the Mayor’s Community Charity Breakfast

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables

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