Endurance lifts cancer appeal

Colac Area Health’s Richard Riordan, left, and Libby Fifis congratulate Colac cancer survivor and long-distance runner John Timms for his fundraising efforts after Mr Timms competed in an ultra marathon. CAH is raising money to provide cancer treatment in Colac.

Colac Area Health’s Richard Riordan, left, and Libby Fifis congratulate Colac cancer survivor and long-distance runner John Timms for his fundraising efforts after Mr Timms competed in an ultra marathon. CAH is raising money to provide cancer treatment in Colac.

COLAC distance runner John Timms will continue his quest to raise money for cancer patient care in Colac after competing in a six-day ultra marathon.

Mr Timms, 73, ran in the Adelaide six-day and 48-hour ultra marathon event which wrapped up on Sunday.

He used the event to raise money and awareness for Colac Area Health’s Long Road Appeal.

The Long Road Appeal hopes to raise $250,000 to improve cancer patient care in Colac.

Sore feet hampered the prostate cancer survivor’s progress on the final two days of the ultra marathon but Mr Timms said he was happy with his effort.

“I was aiming to do 550 kilometres to get the age record,” he said.

“On the second day I was ahead of it, on the third day I was ahead of it but then on the fourth day my feet were gone and I couldn’t go any further.

“But along the way the local radio came out and I managed to get a piece on that telling people how the smaller communities need to help themselves.”

Mr Timms learnt that doctors had also diagnosed his younger brother Hugh with cancer after he returned from the marathon.

He said cancer had taken his mother’s life and other members of his family, which helped inspire him to help the Long Road Appeal.

“My mother died of cancer and all my aunts on that side had cancer so it’s just genetic unfortunately but you can do something about it,” Mr Timms said.

“I just saw people that were obviously dying needlessly with travel and I wanted to do something to help,” he said.

Mr Timms said he wanted to take part in other marathon events to raise more money for the appeal.

“I’m thinking of other ideas about how we can raise funds and remain part of it because it’s something that we need as a community,” he said.

“Our community needs to help themselves and everyone needs to get on board and put some money in.”

Colac Area Health’s Libby Fifis said the hospital was proud of Mr Timms’ effort.

“Colac Area Health greatly appreciates John’s effort to raise money for our Long Road Appeal,” she said.

“To date the appeal has raised close to $20,000 and we urge community members to dig deep to help enable us to bring cancer treatments to Colac.”

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