Tower power aids battling Curtain family
By JAMES MCLOUGHLIN
HE may have been sore and sorry after his run up the Q1, but popular Sea FM announcer Paul Gale said it was all worth it to raise over $50,000 for a Banora Point family in need.
"Around the 50th floor, when it really started to hurt, I thought of the Curtain Family and the amazing people in the community that have been so willing to help this family," he said.
"That's when the determination kicked in to make it to the top."
Mr Gale, one-third of the Sea FM breakfast crew, scaled the 77-floor building in Surfers Paradise to raise funds for the Karen Curtain and her children, who suffered the tragic loss of husband and father Stuart Curtain earlier this year.
The Daily News was only too happy to help out, as one of the sponsors for Mr Gale's run and by encouraging the Tweed business community to dig deep and contribute over $4000 to the Curtains.
Mr Curtain's was a loved member of the local community, known for his tireless charity work in the fight against leukaemia.
He began raising money for research into the disease after his son Aaron was diagnosed with it several years ago. The Leukaemia Foundation will receive $5000 from the Q1 fundraiser towards its ongoing work.
Karen Curtain was overwhelmed at the scene of Thursday's fundraiser as money continued to roll in from the friends and wellwishers.