On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 30 members of the Beenleigh Region Uniting Church took part in the Queensland Cancer Council Relay for Life.
The aim of the event was to raise money for cancer research by having teams of people walk for eighteen hours, in this case around the Canterbury College oval at Waterford, south of Brisbane, from 3pm on Saturday until 9am on Sunday.
Twenty-three teams from the Logan-Beenleigh area braved the cold to walk through the night with at least one person from each team on the oval at any one time.
Rhyl Hindmarsh, a long standing member of the Beenleigh Region Uniting Church, got the two teams together.
She said quite a few members of the congregation had been affected by cancer, including herself, and felt that this was a great way to raise money for research, but also for people to see the church in action in the wider community.
Each team had a name and theme and theirs was the bright colours of M&Ms and the letters stood for, among other things, Motivated Movers and the teams names were Beenleigh Uniting M&Ms and More Beenleigh Uniting M&Ms.
Ms Hindmarsh said she was very proud of her teams of walkers.
"One group of ladies, who admit to no longer being 20 or even 50, calculated that they had walked 20 kilometres and they weren't the only ones!"
The two teams raised almost $2000 between them and the tired but happy walkers are already talking about bigger and better things next year.
Photo : Members of the Beenleigh Region Uniting Church Relay for Life team. Photo by Clive Finter