When the RACQ INternational Women’s Day Fun Run in Brisbane city was cancelled due to weather, Rhonda Thorpe and a dedicated group from Beaudesert took up the challenge to do a virtual run instead.
The event is the major fundraiser for the Mater Chicks in Pink.
Rhonda’s team consisted of a group of 20 family members and friends from Beaudesert and surrounding areas.
They left from Beaudesert Golf Club on Sunday 6 March, walking and running five kilometres towards the Showgrounds and returning to the Golf Club for brunch.
The team raised three times their original target of $1,000.
“We made $1,300 from the raffle and the rest is pure donations.”
“We were up to $2,600 on Thursday and in one day we got to $3,102.”
“I posted on Facebook that we were up to $2,600 and then I got messages from people saying ‘have another look’.”
The Thursday was a ‘double match’ day so any donations were matched dollar for dollar by corporate organisations on the day.
Funds raised go towards helping to fund life-saving research at Mater Hospital to better understand and treat breast cancer now and into the future.
Rhonda is a breast cancer survivor who is passionate about women’s health and the Mater Foundation.
“I was diagnosed in October 2009 so I have been twelve years clear,” said Rhonda.
“Ten years to the day I was diagnosed I had another scare, another lump but it was all good.”
“I still have a yearly checkup, my grease and oil change I call it.”
The team was very appreciative of the support shown by the community.
“We would like to thank the community for supporting us with our fundraising, it is very much appreciated.”
“Without their support, we could not have achieved such a great result,” said Rhonda.