The Westerner

Rotary relays funds to charity

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Source: Lee Oliver

Rotary Club of Samford Chairman Warren Hampton with Brisbane Relay For Life team captain Peter McCurley and Luke Venn from Cancer Council Queensland.

Rotary Club of Samford Chairman Warren Hampton with Brisbane Relay For Life team captain Peter McCurley and Luke Venn from Cancer Council Queensland.

When Peter McCurley was invited to a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Samford, he was looking forward to a nice meal.

Instead the Bribie Island resident “just about fell over” when he was presented with a cheque for $10,000 to assist his fundraising campaign for the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life event in October.

“I’m still stunned and in disbelief,” said Mr McCurley, team captain for ‘Team Sam’.

The team honours the memory of his daughter Sam, who lost her 10-year battle with brain cancer in August.

“My wife (Karen) and my aim for as long as it takes is to find a cure for cancer, especially brain cancer, so families don’t have to go through the pain that we’re going through,” Mr McCurley said.

Ian Ruffles from the Rotary Club of Samford said the group donated $10,000 to stem cell research last year but “had to find a new beneficiary this year”.

Relay for Life coordinator Luke Venn said Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise more than $5 million from 50 Relay For Life events across the state.

Last year Team Sam raised $16,200 for the cause.

Next on their fundraising calendar is a charity golf day at Keperra Golf Club in June, to be attended by football legends Darren Lockyer and Andrew Slack.


   
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