Pavement pounding for prostate cancer
One local is encouraging other Northern Beaches residents to participate in ‘The Long Run’ and help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research and support.
Long walks around our beautiful Northern Beaches have become our release during COVID lockdowns.
Whether it’s Narrabeen lake, Long Reef headland, Queenscliff to Shelly, North Head or any of the other picturesque Peninsula tracks, locals are escaping their homes to stretch their legs and get a bit of fresh air.
Newport’s Mary Jones, who’s in her 70s, often does exactly that at Narrabeen lagoon with her pup Ellie. Most days, she’ll chalk up at least 4kms.
And recently she had a thought, ‘I should walk for a cause’. Her husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, thankfully he’s a survivor.
But over the past 17 years, Mary has seen the devastation of the disease as a member of the Northern Beaches Prostate Cancer Support Group.
So, it made sense to join in ‘The Long Run’ – a fundraising and awareness challenge for prostate cancer.
This September, Mary and others will walk, run or wheel 72kms over the course of the month, to support men and their families impacted by the cancer.
Mary and Ellie will power along Newport beach on some days and head over the hill to Bilgola on others, until she covers the equivalent distance of Newport to Liverpool.
She has almost already met her fundraising target of $1,000 and is “looking forward to seeing how much it will be exceeded by”, with donations open until the end of September.
Mary encourages other Northern Beaches locals to enter ‘The Long Run’ too, saying it is a cancer that needs more attention.
“More people die from prostate cancer than breast cancer,” she tells Peninsula Living.
“Every kilometre you cover will raise funds to bring us closer to a world where prostate cancer is no longer a burden and where all men and their families with a diagnosis are supported.
“Together, we can make sure our fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and mates will be there for the long run.”
For more information or to register, visit thelongrun.org.au. To support Mary, visit thelongrun.org.au/fundraisers/maryjjones.