South Burnett Relay For Life chair Rowena Dionysius with this year’s “Face Of Relay”, Murgon Show Society president Alan Eagleson … Alan shared his story of prostate cancer during the “panel” interviews

June 3, 2022

South Burnett Relay For Life is back … bigger than ever! And the 146 people who filled the Kingaroy RSL Club’s Tobruk Room on Friday morning couldn’t be happier.

The new-style breakfast launch of the annual fundraising campaign, organised by the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was a huge success.

Instead of a celebrity guest speaker, four South Burnett residents who have undergone different cancer treatments bravely shared their stories in an on-stage panel.

They answered questions posed to them by Relay For Life patron Carl Rackemann.

And their tips? “Listen to your body”. “If you think something is amiss, see your doctor. Go and get checked!”

As well as buying tickets to enjoy a hot breakfast, attendees dug deep for raffle tickets to win prizes generously donated by local businesses.

News about various Relay For Life events was also shared:

  • The Cricket 4 Life fundraising event will be held at Lyle Vidler Oval in Kingaroy from 9:00am on June 11. A grudge match between Team Ironpot (captained by Cr Scott Henschen) and Maidenwell (Cr Gavin Jones) will kick off a fun day of events. At 1:30pm, a T20-style game featuring Darren Lehmann and Jimmy Peirson will be held between the South Burnett Bouncers and the Brisbane Bashers. The organisers hope to raise at least $20,000 from the event.
  • Chrissy Trees 4 U is holding a family fun day fundraiser on July 24 at 328 Reedy Creek Road, Kingaroy. There will be market stalls, an ugly sweater competition, tree decorating and food.
  • After a two-year break due to COVID-19 (last year’s event was cancelled on the day!), Dinner With The Captains is returning this year but will have a slightly different format. It will be “An Evening With The Captains” (plus one) on August 6. Guests will be league star Allan Langer and lawn bowling champion Kelvin Kerkow plus comedian (and cancer survivor) Paul Martell. Platters of food will be provided on the tables. Tickets will be $75 per person and will go on sale soon.
  • The Ride 4 Relay charity pushbike ride, organised by the South Burnett Mountain Bike Club, already has 20 riders booked. It will be held over five days from August 30 through to September 3. Riders will head from Kingaroy to Kumbia, then to Bell, the Bunya Mountains, via Cooyar to Maidenwell and back to Kingaroy.  Last year the ride raised an amazing $31,699 for Relay For Life, taking its cumulative total to $108,044.
  • The actual South Burnett Relay For Life will be held at Kingaroy Showgrounds on October 8. It will not be an overnight event. The Candlelight Ceremony will be hosted by the Birds Of A Feather team which has been participating in Relay from the start.  More than $25,000 has already been raised.

The person who has been chosen to lead off the Relay event was also announced at at the breakfast.

Earlier, Alan Eagleson had shared his story about his diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer, before being sashed as the 2022 “Face Of Relay”.

Four brave South Burnett residents shared their cancer journeys with Relay Patron Carl Rackemann, right, and the audience … Pamela O’Brien, Sue Cox, Alan Eagleson and Ryley Allery
Carl (gently) questioned the four cancer survivors on stage
Louise Hamilton, from Cancer Council Queensland, with 2022 “Face Of Relay” Alan Eagleson and Carl Rackemann … money raised from all the Relay For Life activities supports Cancer Council Queensland, including its residential facility, Olive McMahon Lodge, in Toowoomba
Dennis Cotter raised another $725 for the cause by auctioning the remaining spot in the South Burnett Bouncers XI for the Cricket 4 Life fun day
Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce president Damien Martoo compered the morning … the KCCI stepped in to host the breakfast after initial plans fell through
Steve Ashcroft and David James, from Stanwell
Thomas Carroll, Annette Eadie and Kerry Kenny, from Ken Mills Toyota
Linda Kerr, from Nanango, with Cr Jane Erkens
Sue Musch, Amy Wheatley and Ellen Hunt, from the Commonwealth Bank Kingaroy
Amanda Cullen and Shaun Bliesner, from South Burnett CTC
Melinda Bradford, from South Burnett CTC, with Emma, 9, and Ellie, 5
The Kingaroy RSL Club’s Tobruk Room was filled for the Relay For Life breakfast launch

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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