Birdsville local Jenna Brook, Adria Downs, is set to embark on a 4500km run in aid of Bowel Cancer Australia.
Averaging over 40km per day Jenna will run in excess of 100 marathons during her epic adventure which begins in Tasmania on February 18. She already has the 10 pairs of shoes she will be running through on standby and is looking forward to tackling the run head on making a big noise about Bowel Cancer awareness along the way.
Having completed a number of multi-day walks and events, including a 15 day crossing of the Simpson Desert, Jenna is no stranger to the challenges that she will face in the coming months, although the challenge of running is somewhat new to her.
Never one for breaking into anything more than a walk, Jenna said “while the task ahead to run a majority of the distance is daunting, it is also awfully exciting to see what my body is capable of”.
“Bowel Cancer is Australia is second biggest cancer killer, claiming 80 lives every week. 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated if they are caught early, yet only 40pc are caught early enough. It is not OK that we are losing so many people every day to a cancer that is so preventable, treatable and beatable when it is caught early,” Jenna said.
With her Granddad having survived bowel cancer late in his life and her father subsequently screening from a young age, Jenna began screening in her 20s and has significantly reduced her risk of developing bowel cancer by having numerous abnormalities removed. Jenna hopes to help others do the same by starting a conversation about bowel cancer and reducing the embarrassment that has gone along with it for too long.
ALLEN FRASER RAMSEY
Thanks to Helen Trustum, Bently via Lismore NSW, for advising me of the sad passing of Allen Fraser Ramsey on February 10.
Fraser, as he was known, was born June 5, 1929. He was educated at Bonalbo Primary School and Farrer Memorial School, Tamworth.
He began with auctioneers Tomkinson and Nicholls at Bonalbo in 1953. Lance Nicholls guided him in his auctioneering career. Fraser moved with his wife Laurene to Casino in 1960. In 1968 he branched out on his own.
Apart from auctioneering, Fraser's love for horses and dogs played a big part in his life. Competing at shows in either led or ridden classes, campdrafting and dog trials were his love.
Fraser leaves a wife Laurene and family Allen, Susan, Elizabeth, Helen and extended families. Allen has followed in his father’s footsteps, auctioneering, with his own business Ramsey and Bulmer in Casino.