The Shire’s Tony Fahey has long been a supporter of the Cancer Council but decided 2018 was his year to lace up his walking shoes and step into for the Eurobodalla’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser.
The Dalmeny resident and substantive principal of Narooma High School assembled a team of six, including wife Sue and daughter Erin, to help raise $1000 for the Cancer Council at the April 7-8 event at Narooma.
Mr Fahey said his team walked into the early hours of the morning, raising vital funds for the charity.
“We walked well into the small hours of the morning,” he said.
Mr Fahey said a personal health battle prompted his decision to take part in the relay.
“I’ve always been a supporter of Relay for Life but not had the opportunity to get involved,” he said.
“This year, going through my own cancer fight, I felt it was more prudent to be involved a take on a more active role.”
After losing his parents and mother-in-law to cancer, Mr Fahey said it was the candlelit Lap of Hope that was an especially moving part of the evening.
“There’s so many people that have experienced cancer, either as a friend or have gone through it themselves,” he said.
“Cancer is one of those things that doesn’t discriminate. Everybody knows somebody or has been through it or has supported somebody with it.”
Mr Fahey and wife Sue also organised a Wagonga Princess cruise fundraiser in the lead up to the event
The 2018 Relay for Life raised close to $30,000 for cancer research, treatment and support sevices.