MP Dempsey to run for cancer cause
BUNDABERG MP Jack Dempsey will swap the air-conditioned halls of parliament house for the scorching bitumen of the Bruce Highway to raise money for cancer.
He will trade his suit and polished leather shoes for a high-visibility purple shirt and runners for an epic six-day 450km run from Brisbane to Bundaberg in April.
Mr Dempsey will be joined by his brother Mick, Bundaberg Relay For Life chairman Vince Habermann and Keith Anderson.
A self-confessed big man and fitness-shirker, the member said what he lacked in athletic prowess he made up in enthusiasm and passion.
“We’re all pretty large fellas and are probably one of the bigger teams to enter, but we’ll be running with heart,” he said.
Mr Dempsey, his brother and Mr Anderson will run an average of 15km a day, while Mr Habermann will take the lion’s share of hard yards, running 200km over the course of the journey.
The runners will set out from Queensland Cancer Council headquarters in Brisbane, wending their way through the back roads to Maryborough and completing the home stretch to Bundaberg on the Bruce Highway and Childers Road.
The team will lace up their runners on Sunday, April 4, and are aiming to arrive in Bundaberg for the Relay For Life opening ceremony on April 10 at 2.30pm.
Mr Dempsey hopes passing motorists greet his team with a honk of the horn and shouts of encouragement.
“We’re certainly not going to be setting any time records and I’ve got a feeling we’re going to need all the encouragement we can get,” he said.
Donations can be made to sponsor Mr Dempsey and his team in person at his office, on the corner of Quay and Barolin streets and online at www.everydayhero.com.au/bris_2_bundy_run.