15 January 2014
Just four months after losing their brother and brother-in-law Rob to cancer, Ray, Doug and Shirley Munn are focused on ensuring other families don’t experience the same sense of loss.
And their friends from Buffalo Lodge are right beside them - having donated $10,000 to their fundraising efforts for Cancer Council’s Ride for a Reason.
“It’s been hard, but you’ve got to keep moving forward,” Doug, 69, of Teringie, says.
“We know Rob would be proud of our efforts and this spurs us on.
“He’s the reason we are doing Ride for a reason. We want to raise awareness - not just about cancer prevention, but also on making sure people are aware of the event and that they’re able to donate.”
Doug and his wife Shirley, 71, are entrants in the January event and will ride the 77km leg of the Challenge, while Ray – who has recently been diagnosed with cancer himself – will act in a support role.
This will be their third year of fundraising.
The family has a long association with the Buffalo Lodge, and it was through Ray’s efforts that this donation has come about following Rob’s passing in August.
“Rob had been a member of the Lodge for 33 years and had been an office bearer that entire time, so it was greatly important to him,” Ray, who is also a member of the two Pt Adelaide-based Buffalo Lodges, says.
Ray, 77, of Marden, says the donation is the largest ever made by the Lodge on behalf of members.
“To have him recognised in this way is very humbling,” he says.
Ray, Doug and Shirley plan to continue fundraising into the New Year.
“Shirley and I have been members of the S.A. Country Fire Service for 50 years between us,” Doug says.
“I feel certain the CFS family will support us in our fundraising, as they have in previous years.”
Cancer Council’s Ride for a reason is part of the Bupa Challenge, held during the Santos Tour Down Under.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson says the Ride for a reason initiative is a great way to become involved and raise important funds for cancer research.
She says fundraisers like the Munns are helping to ensure other families do not experience the pain of losing a loved one to cancer.
“At Cancer Council, we believe that no-one should lose a loved one to cancer,” Professor Wilson says.
“Thanks to the united efforts in cancer research in Australia over the past 20 years, we have seen almost 61,000 lives saved.
“That’s 61,000 mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters still here with their loved ones.”
To donate to the Munns, visit sa.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/DougandShirley
To register for Ride for a reason, visit rideforareason.com.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.