Biloela woman tops fundraising in charity walk
CHOSING to spend your weekend travelling to Brisbane to volunteer in a charity walk isn't something on everyone's agenda.
Biloela woman Morgan Woolston participated in the Big Red Kidney Walk for Kidney Health Australia last month and was awarded a hamper for being the individual to raise the most money.
" I have been involved in this particular charity since 2014,” Ms Woolston said.
"It wasn't until my uncle became reliant on dialysis and waiting for a transplant that I really kicked into gear.
"Being the top individual fundraiser for a few years now is just a bonus.”
Kidney disease is something is close to Ms Woolston's heart.
"I chose to become involved in fundraising for Kidney Health Australia because my family have been affected by Polycystic Kidney Disease for many generations,” she said.
"It was what led to my great aunts and grandfathers deaths in the 1960s and '70s.
"My uncle was also born with this disease and it wasn't until Marcus got sicker and sicker and I got older and older that I realised the only way to support him to health and happiness was to raise funds and awareness.
"I am pleased to say that my Uncle Marcus received a kidney about 18 months ago and he's as healthy and happy as ever!”
Having fundraised and participated in the annual walk for a few years now, Ms Woolston said it has been a great experience.
"I have met many people affected by kidney-related diseases over the years of my fundraising but my uncle has to be one of the most inspiring,” she said.
"This disease doesn't just affect your body; it affects your mind, your spirit and those around you.
"He has three children, a wife and a small business
"It's incredible to see how my family have just pulled together to get him through this.”
Being involved in volunteer work is something that has run in Ms Woolston's family.
"My mum worked as a volunteer co-ordinator when I was a teenager growing up,” she said.
"I became a volunteer for her charity as a young person and really enjoyed the satisfaction of knowing you've made some kind of difference, whether it's raising money or just to put a smile on someone's face.
”I then had a few life experiences that gave me even more motivation to get in people's faces to cough up their cash and to also make people more aware of what certain charities do and how they can make a difference to someone you might know.”
Biloela man and transplant recipient Jim Booth was also at the walk and said it is something he looks forward to every year.
"Someone died for me to live so going on these walks is a big thank you to my donor,” Mr Booth said.