News

Fundraiser nears journey's end

Andrew Cadigan kicks up his heels after walking into Mackay. The cancer and leukaemia fundraiser has less than 2000km to go before completing his round-Australia walk.
Andrew Cadigan kicks up his heels after walking into Mackay. The cancer and leukaemia fundraiser has less than 2000km to go before completing his round-Australia walk. Tony Martin

ONE thousand, eight hundred and ninety-two kilometres - that's a long home stretch.

But when you've spent the last year and a half walking around Australia like cancer crusader Andrew Cadigan, distance can become relative.

Yesterday, Mr Cadigan walked into Mackay after having already completed more than 13,000 kilometres of his journey to raise funds for cancer research.

He has battled exhaustion, heatwaves and highway traffic all in the memory of a mate who lost a battle with myelodysplastic syndromes (formerly known as pre-leukemia), in May 2010.

Mr Cadigan began his walk in Sydney in December 2010 and hasn't looked back since.

"The thought of giving up has crossed my mind but the main reason I keep going is 'cause I'm doing it for a mate," Mr Cadigan said.

"I raised $25,000 for the Cancer Council and now... I'm up to $28,000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

"The money is going to a university in Melbourne for research and that's really what I wanted from the get go.

"I said I want the money to go to research."

Mr Cadigan uses a modified pram to cart around a few meagre belongings including a tent, which he uses to camp next to the highway.

"I'm on my ninth pair of shoes and third set of tyres," he said.

"The best part was the Great Ocean Road in Victoria.

"The hardest were the Kimberleys in December - it was 45 degrees and 100% humidity."

Mr Cadigan said people had been incredibly generous with donations along the way.

"It's pretty much people pulling over and giving their spare change," he said.

"I got $100 yesterday. On Saturday one of the local blokes, named Henry, bought me some food - a roast-gravy roll... I get that quite a bit."

If you would like to donate to Mr Cadigan's cause, check out his website at www.ozonfoot.com and click 'donate'.

Topics:  cancer fundraiser, fundraiser, leukaemia foundation, leukemia


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Children enjoy lesson in diversity

COOKING UP A STORM: Darcey, Paris, Curtis, Henry, Dane and Max cook wombat stew with educator Miss Cherie.

Multicultural playgroup celebrates differences.

Explore the Blackwater North State School Fete

News

Enjoy the Blackwater North State School Fete on September 2.

Junior teams prepare for grand final battle

PLAY HARD, PLAY FAIR: Emerald Brothers Junior Rugby League players Jaidyn Cody, Lachlan Ware and Patrick Whipp go in for a tackle in the U11 game against Dysart.

The Emerald Brothers is aiming to win all four junior grand finals.

Latest deals and offers

Heartfelt donation to hospital

CQ Angel Mums donates a Heartfelt camera to Emerald Hospital's maternity ward for families who experience infant loss.

Children enjoy lesson in diversity

COOKING UP A STORM: Darcey, Paris, Curtis, Henry, Dane and Max cook wombat stew with educator Miss Cherie.

Multicultural playgroup celebrates differences.

Explore the Blackwater North State School Fete

News

Enjoy the Blackwater North State School Fete on September 2.

CQ hairdressers targeted in crackdown on under paid staff

Hairdressing businesses were a key area of the CQ audit into staff pay and conditions.

Inspectors audit hundreds of businesses, recover $110,000 in wages

The rains are here! Downpours to wash away monthly totals

Heavy rains predicted tomorrow and Wednesday

Junior teams prepare for grand final battle

PLAY HARD, PLAY FAIR: Emerald Brothers Junior Rugby League players Jaidyn Cody, Lachlan Ware and Patrick Whipp go in for a tackle in the U11 game against Dysart.

The Emerald Brothers is aiming to win all four junior grand finals.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

Zumbo's Just Desserts serves up magical dishes

Gigi Falanga, left, joins hosts Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo on the TV series Zumbo's Just Desserts.

ADRIANO Zumbo’s decadent creations have become prime-time viewing.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.