Q1 run a fundraiser for Curtain family
By DARREN COYNE
A GOLD COAST radio personality is in training to run up the 77 floors of the Q1 building at Surfers Paradise to raise funds for the Curtain family of Banora Point.
SeaFM breakfast host Paul Gale has been set the challenge after the station's morning crew heard that the family of Stuart Curtain, who died of leukaemia recently, was in need of assistance.
"In a bid to raise some funds and hopefully spirits of the Curtain family, at the same time raising awareness in the fight against leukaemia, the SeaFM crew set the challenge to Paul Gale to run every stair up Q1," a station spokesperson said.
Stuart Curtain began raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation after his son Aaron was diagnosed with the disease almost four years ago.
And although Aaron, 9, has been in remission for some time now, Mr Curtain was in the middle of organising a fundraiser for this year when he fell ill himself.
According to SeaFM co-host Moyra Macgregor, the response to the proposed fundraiser has been overwhelming.
"We had thought that we would get some support given the repu-tation of Stuart Curtain and the good work he had already done for the Leukaemia Foundation before his passing, but we were delighted to see the Gold and Tweed Coast listeners embrace the story of this family and commit their support," Ms Macgregor said.
Paul Gale is now in training for the challenge.
"I like to think my fitness is not too bad, but this will certainly test it, and when I wake up the following morning aching in every part I know it will have been for a worthwhile family," Mr Gale said.
A further challenge has been set to Paul by RACQ Insurance which is sponsoring 10 floors (a total of $5000).
The insurer will double its contribution if Paul makes the run in less than 20 minutes.
Each of the floors has been sponsored by local businesses, with The Daily News having already sponsored the 21st floor.
"The Daily News has been involved with the Curtain family for a number of years, providing coverage of Stuart's fundraising efforts for the Leukaemia Foundation, and more recently his own personal fight against leukaemia," general manager Alisdair McLean said.
"We are proud to join the other sponsors in taking a floor of Q1 and wish Paul Gale all the best in his quest to reach the top in under 20 minutes."
"The Curtain family has given a lot to our community, and now it's our chance to give something back."
The Q1 run will happen on Thursday, April 13.