(Back, from left) Air Force medic Jenny Cash, Scott Howard, Jarrad Whately, Mathew Power, Richard O’Connell and (front) Scott Tonkies, Syd Turner, Alastair Cooper and James Woodbridge get ready to bed down at the Gympie Showgrounds.
(Back, from left) Air Force medic Jenny Cash, Scott Howard, Jarrad Whately, Mathew Power, Richard O’Connell and (front) Scott Tonkies, Syd Turner, Alastair Cooper and James Woodbridge get ready to bed down at the Gympie Showgrounds. Renee Pilcher

RAAF relay team race for charity

EIGHT Air Force personnel spent the night in their swags, on the floor of Gympie Cooloola Comets Stadium, after completing half of a 500km charity run from Bundaberg to Amberley.

The RAAF runners left Bundaberg for Maryborough on Monday and continued through to Gympie and out to the showgrounds on Wednesday, Strathpine yesterday and Amberley today, to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland.

They were up with the sun yesterday morning, anticipating a 120km run to Strathpine, before the final 80km leg today.

Led by Sergeant Richard O'Connell from RAAF Base Amberley's 36th Squadron, the Back to Base Relay Run team hoped to raise $10,000 for Cancer Council Queensland.

"The Cancer Council is an organisation we (the team) like to support any way we can. And we are excited and proud to embark on our run to show our support," Sgt O'Connell said.

"In our team we all personally know people who have had cancer, so we know how important it is to support the work of Cancer Council Queensland. There are also many members of the defence organisation who had to experience the battle of cancer, so it is great our small group can represent the RAAF and the ADF (Australian Defence Force) in showing support for personnel and the community."

Cancer Council Queensland fundraising co-ordinator Jasmine Ward thanked the team for its support for Cancer Council Queensland.

"The Back to Base Relay Run is a great example of what ordinary Queenslanders can do when they are passionate about a great cause," she said.

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