Losing grandmother to cancer inspires teen to build boat
LOSING his grandmother to cancer has inspired a Fraser Coast teenager to build a boat that will help raise funds on Daffodil Day.
Declan James will launch his boat on Friday at Urangan Boat Harbour in honour of his grandmother, venturing to Big Woody island to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Council Queensland.
Father Greg Loumeau from St John's Anglican Church in Hervey Bay has supported Declan's efforts, including his fundraising activity in the weekly church news.
Declan set up a table to collect donation at the church last Sunday, raising more than $500.
He has raised more than $2000 in total so far and aims to raise more than $5000.
Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift encouraged the Fraser Coast to show its support for Daffodil Day by donating or buying a bunch of the beautiful yellow flower.
"A bright splash of yellow does more than light up the community. It means we are taking active steps to beat cancer and show our support to those affected," Ms Clift said.
"More than 26,000 Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone and about 8600 will die from the disease. We need to do all we can to support those impacted by this disease.
This year Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1.5 million during August to invest in cancer research.
Declan, a Fraser Coast Anglican College student, spent hours researching and watching YoutTube videos to build his boat.
His dad and grandfather both helped source materials for the boat, while his mum has helped with his fundraising efforts.
Declan has already taken the boat for a test run in the family's swimming pool.
He said it meant a lot to him to support Daffodil Day.
"Every dollar raised does make a big difference," Declan said.