Published on 15 March 2012
15 March 2012
The captain of the winning fundraising team at last year’s University of the Sunshine Coast Relay for Life will be coaching her team from afar ahead of this year’s event.
Halley Ginns, 24, who completed USC’s Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics last year, recently moved to Chinchilla to work as a Project Officer for primary health care organisation RHealth.
The Caloundra State High School graduate and Mooloolah Valley resident said the distance between her and her “Pink Ladies” team mates won’t be an obstacle in their efforts to retain the fundraising title.
She said she was expecting some solid competition with teams of University students already signing up for the April 20-21 event at the USC Sports Stadium.
“Last year we raised $3,400 even though we were a late entry and only had a couple of weeks to raise the funds,” Mrs Ginn said.
“This year, we have a little bit more time and are a bit more prepared, so we are hoping to raise more than $4,000 and take out the title again.
“I’ll be doing lots of liaising via email with my team mates to see how their fundraising efforts are going and to encourage them.”
Members of the Pink Ladies are both University and non-university students who have all been touched in some way by cancer.
“Everyone has been affected by cancer in the team so we are all pretty passionate about raising enough funds to ensure that there is continuing research into the area,” Halley said.
Relay for Life Coordinator Sara Morley said Cancer Council Queensland was excited to see USC students embracing the relay for the second year in a row.
“University students have the power to make a difference in the fight against cancer,’’ she said. “In the future, it is hoped other universities across the State will follow USC’s leading example of a campus inspired relay.”
For registration details, go to the Relay for Life website or call Sara Morley 5451 6000.
— Michelle Widdicombe