Geelong hosts weary runner on his way to Portland

Tuesday 25 March, 2008
Geelong will play host to inspirational Victorian, Shaun Brewster, as he arrives in Geelong on Tuesday 25 March on his quest to run the 370 kilometres from Melbourne to Portland to help raise $10,000 for The Cancer Council Victoria.

"I was 16 years old when I lost my dad to stomach cancer and 3 months later my grandfather died of Leukemia. Since then, I have wanted to do something to help find a cure for cancer," Mr Brewster said.

"The ‘Long Run Home' not only raises money for the Cancer Council, but will increase cancer awareness among Victorians," Mr Brewster said. "I hope my run will encourage others to donate to the Cancer Council and make a real difference to the fight against cancer."

"Mr Brewster's determination to raise funds has resulted in one the most gruelling fundraising activities we've seen at the Cancer Council, and I hope all Geelong residents will do their bit to make this inspirational event a success," Cancer Council spokesperson Jenna Mellerick said.

"As a charitable organisation, we rely on generous Victorians to help fund our important work, so whether you're planning a marathon run like Mr Brewster, shaving your hair to raise funds or holding a fundraising luncheon with friends, all of our special fundraising activities make a difference" Ms Mellerick said.

All funds raised by the ‘Long Run Home' will play a vital role in enabling the Cancer Council to continue to support lifesaving cancer research, education programs which help Victorians prevent cancers, and detect them at a stage when they are most curable, and support services for people in times of great need. These programs will benefit people facing cancer both locally and across the state.

"There are few Victorians who have not faced cancer, either directly or following a friend or loved one's diagnosis," Mr Brewster said. "After I lost my father and grandfather to cancer I wanted to do something. This run is an opportunity not only for me, but also for the people of Geelong to make a tangible difference in the fight against cancer."

For more information about the ‘Long Run Home' please visit www.longrunhome.com 

To find out how you can start your own Cancer Council fundraising event, call 1300 65 65 85.