A team of ten amazing fundraisers have pushed a wheelbarrow for more than 140kms across far north Queensland as part of the 10th Great Wheelbarrow Race, and they’ve done so for a most worthy cause: world-class cancer research.
The Great Wheelbarrow Race takes participants along a historic road from Mareeba to Chillagoe, named Wheelbarrow Way in tribute to the miners of the 1800s that would travel between towns, using only a wheelbarrow to carry their possessions.
The race started early on the morning of Friday 17 May, but our wonderful fundraising team, called The Believers, commenced their campaign much sooner than that.
Led by Sarah Cummings, the team not only pushed a wheelbarrow 140km over three days, they spent the months prior physically training for the challenge, and organising fundraising BBQs and cake stalls in their local town to help reach their target.
Their original target was a most generous $3,000. But by the time they set off on the race, taking turns to push their wheelbarrow and finally crossing the finish line on Sunday 19 May, they’d raised over $13,500 for cancer research!
Team member, Rayna Jonsson, said, “We did it. A team of 10 runners and an amazing group of support people who looked after us and our aching knees. It is the most amazing feeling when you cross that finish line on Sunday.”
We’re so grateful to The Believers, who have done the most amazing job bringing cancer research dreams closer through their commitment to fundraising. Their efforts will directly help Australian cancer researchers to fight cancer, and for that, we thank them all very much!