Queenslanders ready to run down cancer in March

Cancer Council is enlisting Queenslanders to push themselves one third further, faster, harder this March to help obliterate cancer once and for all.

The organisation’s newest fundraising initiative, the March Charge, invites Queenslanders to sign up and run as many kilometres as possible during the month of March to help beat cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the campaign was a personal challenge, not a race or event, that allowed people to tackle cancer head on.

“One third of all cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices including exercising, maintaining a healthy weight and eating a healthy diet,” Ms Clift said.

“This month, we’re calling on Queenslanders to unite in the same spirit and push themselves one third further, faster, harder during the March Charge.

“It’s free to enlist online, nominate the amount of kilometres you want to cover throughout the month and invite your friends to support you on the charge.

“Come March first, we’re running down cancer. One in three – it’s up to you and me.”

The March Charge is flexible – runners can run as far as they want, where they want and when they want, sharing their progress across the month online and raising funds for the cause.

“Not only will you be running to raise funds for Cancer Council, you’ll be reducing your own risk of cancer by participating and taking the time to be physically active,” Ms Clift said.

“This March is an opportunity for you to set a new challenge, start a new pace, make a difference and join our movement to destroy cancer.

“Physical inactivity is linked to certain types of cancers, including around 14 per cent of bowel cancers and about 11 per cent of post-menopausal breast cancer.

“Investing in just 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day is good for your health, and 60 minutes can reduce your risk of developing cancer.

“There’s also evidence that suggests the more exercise you do, the lower your risk of cancer – especially if it’s more vigorous physical activity.”

Queenslanders can enlist free for the March Charge now, nominating the kilometres they want to run in their own time and own way at themarchcharge.com.au.

Registrants can smash social media feeds by sharing their progress online and raising funds throughout the month.

Queensland workplaces, schools, sports clubs, early childhood centres and local councils are invited to be more physically active by joining QUEST for free at quest.org.au.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 or on the Cancer Council website.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland

Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171