MP ditches eggs for run

WHILE Queenslanders tucked into Easter Eggs on Sunday, Shadow Minister for Sport Jack Dempsey was tying up his shoe laces and hitting the road for a 400km run.

Mr Dempsey is one of four Bundaberg men who will run from Brisbane to Bundaberg over this Easter break to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

They will run from Eumundi into Gympie today.

The Bundaberg MP said the group was fundraising for Cancer Council Queensland and they hoped to arrive in Bundaberg in time for the town’s annual Relay for Life event.

“It’s certainly going to be a challenge — I have been training but I don’t know if anything can really prepare me for a run of this length,” Mr Dempsey said.

“Unfortunately, I’m not like Tony Abbott, but I am going to give this my best shot and just keep putting one foot in front of the other.”

Mr Dempsey’s electorate officer Vince Habermann will cover the lion’s share of the run and is expected to clock up more than 175kms over six days.

The rest of the 400km trip will be completed by Mr Dempsey, his brother Michael Dempsey and Keith Anderson.

“This is about having a go and making an effort to raise money for a worthy cause,” Mr Dempsey said.

“Hopefully we will get a lot of support from motorists and local residents as we make our way up the back roads to Bundaberg.”

The team started the run from Cancer Council Queensland’s headquarters at Bowen Hills at 6am on Easter Sunday and ran to Palmview on the first day..

Yesterday they ran from Palmview to Eumundi.

On Wednesday the team will have a rest day in Gympie before running through to Maryborough on Thursday (April 8).

Then on Friday they will run to Childers and on the last day, Saturday, they will complete the journey by running from Childers into Bundaberg.

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