CANCER CARE: Maria Burnet encouraging Deon Cavanagh who has set himself a goal to walk 200km during this month as part of the March Charge Challenge. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
CANCER CARE: Maria Burnet encouraging Deon Cavanagh who has set himself a goal to walk 200km during this month as part of the March Charge Challenge. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Hospital employee walks to help himself and others

A BUNDABERG Hospital employee has taken up a healthy lifestyle personal challenge while raising funds to support local cancer patients.

Deon Cavanagh, who works in the theatre department, has set himself the goal to walk 200km during the month as part of the March Charge Challenge.

Mr Cavanagh also set the goal of raising $1500 for the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation, with the funds to go towards the hospital's new Cancer Care Unit - currently under construction.

Mr Cavanagh set the goal after deciding 2015 was the year to exercise more for his mind, body and spirit.

"I'm focused on reaching my goal weight by motivating myself to out and exercise when I can instead of being lazy," he said.

"I want to have more energy in my job, with my kids and with life in general."

So far Mr Cavanagh has completed about 25km of walking and has ridden 20km.

Bundaberg Health Services Foundation manager Maria Burnet said the money Mr Cavanagh raises would be used to provide non-government funded equipment and support resources needed for the new unit which is expected to be open in June.

"I've known Deon for many years and I think it's fantastic that he's not only wanting to challenge himself with working towards a healthy lifestyle but also wanting to support cancer patients," she said.

Mr Cavanagh has set up an Everyday Hero fundraising page at www.give.everydayhero.com/au/deon-1.



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