Start your mower for Movember
CLOSELY affected by cancer, Michelle Warry saw an opportunity she couldn't resist.
Not only did her father pass away from cancer, but her soon-to-be 16-year-old son is approaching his two-year remission anniversary.
To celebrate his anniversary and to help other men facing cancer, Mrs and Mr Warry are using their position as owners of Callide Valley Mower Service to hold the first Mow-a-thon to raise money for Movember.
The Movember Foundation raises funds and awareness for men's health, in particular for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
"We are Stihl dealers, and they as a company have partnered up with the Movember Foundation,” Mrs Warry said.
"That's a big banner that they're covering, and if you look at our community, there are a lot of people who are affected by any one of those four categories.
"We actually have a couple of customers going through prostate treatment now, so it really was something that resonated with us.”
The mother-of-two said she wanted to help raise awareness for a foundation that is proactive in its fields.
"We are raising funds to go towards them (the Movember Foundation) to continue to campaign for these matters, because at the end of the day, that's what it's all about, someone stepping up and raising that flag,” she said.
"We're going to do something about this and get the community involved.”
The first Mow-a-thon will be held next weekend, where teams of four - made up of all ages - will race their replica mowers around the Biloela Showgrounds for four hours.
Alternating between team members, they will be battling it out to do the highest number of laps to be crowned the 2018 Mow-a-thon champions.
Each team is asked to fundraise over and above their entry fee ($100) with a prize for the team with the highest funds raised, as well as prizes for the most creative and best dressed teams.
The only entry requirement is for each team to supply their own replica mower that can be pushed throughout the competition.
It can be an old mower or made from a cardboard box, but it must resemble a push mower.
Food and drinks will be available to purchase from Rotary, and friends and family are encouraged to attend and support the cause.
"We would love people to come along to support. By all means come along and have dinner, support the Rotary,” Mrs Warry said.
"There will be raffles, as well as side events and competitions. Help the Movember Foundation to raise awareness.”
For more information or to enter a team, contact the team at Callide Valley Mower Service by calling 49921494 or visit their Facebook page Callide Valley Mower Service and Biloela Suzuki.
Start your mowers
When: Saturday, November 17, from 4pm
Where: Biloela Showgrounds
Cost: $100 per team. Spectators are free.