100km walk for Brain Cancer research!

Merle and Michelle gear up to walk 100kms for Brain Cancer Research next week.

MERLE Rosadi and Michelle Dametto are gearing up to walk 100kms for Brain Cancer Research on Friday, July 23, kicking off at Ravenswood and finishing at the Kalamia Hotel in Ayr on Saturday afternoon, taking anywhere from 24 to 30 hours to complete the distance. 

It was about fifteen years ago that a local from Ayr, Brad Perry, also known as MAD BRAD at the time, decided to raise money for charity, and to do so, he walked from Ayr to Ravenswood with just a few people as support. From then, the initiative has grown, and this year Merle and Michelle are again taking part!

Merle Rosadi has completed the 100km walk for Cancer six times to date, with this being her seventh occasion. Merle is an inspirational community member with a big heart and generously gives of her time to her family, friends, and the community. Over the years she has sadly lost family and friends to cancer and decided, a few years ago, that she wanted to raise money for Cancer Research, with the hope that, one day, survival rates will improve, and more treatment options will be available. 

As a Nurse, she has seen first-hand the journey people go through and the sadness of losing a loved one to the terrible disease. “It is a very rewarding, but also a very emotional, walk,” Merle said.

“I’m always up for a challenge and this is a great cause, so I had no hesitation. When you start you feel the adrenaline kick in but towards the end it is both physically and mentally challenging.”

Merle and Michelle are good friends and walked together for charity in 2019. Merle has raised between $500 to $1000 each year and is set to hit her goal again this year. While the walking duo usually have a support crew, they unfortunately do not have anyone to assist at this point in time but would be thrilled if there is anyone out there who would like to support them as a driver.

Each year a charity is nominated to receive the money that is raised. In previous years, funds have been directed to the Cancer Council QLD, The Golden Octopus Foundation and CORES. This year all money raised will go to Laurie’s Love – “the infinite love is the cure,” an Ayr Charity for Brain Cancer Research.

For more information or to donate, call Merle on 0429 381 721 or visit the Facebook page, Laurie’s Love.

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