Des Williams, John Panozzo, Peter McGlennon, Doug Guy and Ian Oliver.
Des Williams, John Panozzo, Peter McGlennon, Doug Guy and Ian Oliver. Jason O’Brien

Boardies pitch in for CanTeen

THE Table of Knowledge Boardriders Club is riding a wave of support for young people with cancer.

The club presented CanTeen Queensland manager Peter McGlennon with $8000 yesterday at Rainbow Bay.

“The bulk of the money comes from our Christmas party and auction,” club spokesman Ian Oliver said.

“Each month we meet for a barbecue and surf. Each of the members pays $5 and that is also part of the donation.

“We always have a sign for CanTeen up each time we have our meetings and a lot of passers-by also donate money.”

Mr Oliver said the CanTeen organisation also received a gift of 20 beanies.

“My mum Joan Oliver always donates money at each of our meetings,” Mr Oliver said.

“She wanted to knit beanies for the kids in hospital going through chemotherapy. They lose their hair and the beanies will keep them warm.”

CanTeen is a national support organisation for 12- to 24-year-olds who are living with cancer, and is the only organisation of its kind in Australia.

The organisation was overwhelmed with the generous donation, which will greatly benefit their work. The happy day was also tinged with sadness as the group remembered Neil “Reggie” Saville, who recently died.

“We paddled out and all caught a wave back in to remember Reggie. He was very well known in the area.”

CANTEEN FACTS

  • CanTeen provides an Australia-wide peer support network for 12- to 24- year-olds.
  • CanTeen supports young people who have a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer
  • Members are provided with a place where they can simply be young people and get away from the day-to-day pressures that come from living with cancer.

The club has previously donated $30,000 to CanTeen.



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