More than 40 people were involved in the Float for a Cure event held in Deniliquin on Sunday, which raised funds for the McGrath Foundation.ZOE MCMAUGH January 28, 2014 4:45am
Breast cancer sufferer Wendy Johnston said she was overwhelmed with the support of the Float for a Cure event held in her honour on Sunday.
The event was organised by Wendy’s friends Debbie Stonham, Jaimee Hammond and Lee Thommers.
Proceeds from the day will be donated to the McGrath Foundation, which provides much needed breast care nurses across Australia.
Float participants paid $5 to be able to take part in the event, and collection tins were also available for additional donations.
Mrs Stonham said a total tally would not be available until tomorrow.
Participants donned all things pink for the fundraiser, which is the internationally recognised colour of breast cancer awareness.
Some even dressed up as characters, with boat driver Glen Bright dressed as a pink Shrek.
Glen transported Wendy and fellow cancer sufferer and friend Kerry Stephens.
With ongoing treatment taking place, neither was able to enter the water.
Wendy said the participation was fantastic on the day, from floaters and other supporters.
‘‘We had a lot of floaters and a lot of other people walked the river bank in support,’’ she said.
‘‘In general, it went really well – it was a great day.
‘‘We even had some people from out of town participating, which was great.
‘‘I have called for this to become an annual event, and Kerry and I will be in the water with everyone next time.
‘‘Unfortunately though, there will be others who will need the boat next year, and no matter who they are we will offer love and support.
‘‘The whole aim of this event is pulling people together in support of those with cancer, and providing awareness.’’
Joint coordinator Lee Thommers said about 40 people took to the Edward River to Float for a Cure, with more on the banks.
She said participants helped released 40 balloons into the air once they reached McLean Beach, after leaving from the Edward River Hotel, in honour of sufferers and those who lost their battle with cancer.
She said she supported Wendy’s calls for the float to be an annual event, but suggested it be held at a different time so it did not clash with Australia Day presentation ceremonies.
‘‘It was an awesome day, but we felt more people would have attended if it had not been at the same time as Australia Day celebrations,’’ she said.
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