THE Dad’s Army Great Wheelbarrow Race team have been an integral part of the annual event as their display of grit and determination during their seven years of competing has proven that age is just a number.
And it’s not just their competitive fervour that is to be admired, as their fundraising efforts over the years have also been crucial to a number of organisations within the Mareeba community.
2019 was no exception, as they raised more than $6000 that went towards purchasing a physio chair for incapacitated patients of the Mareeba Hospital along with a sofa bed for overnight stays for the relatives of patients.
2019 Dad’s Army team captain Graham Morrow said this year’s race and fundraising efforts were a resounding success.
“We were aiming to raise $5000, so to be able to eclipse that by $1000 is fantastic,” he said.
“We were able to raise a lot of that money from our calendars, so we want to thank the community who purchased those calendars and showed their support throughout our fundraising drive which included our hundred boards.”
Mr Morrow also wanted to express his gratitude to the Mareeba RSL sub-branch and Mareeba Leagues Club for their financial support, along with local gym Essential Fitness who trains them on a weekly basis.
“There’s a group of close to 20 of us who catch up every Wednesday at 8am to train and socialise,” he said.
“That particular class is eligible for people over 55, so I encourage anyone of the older generation who are looking to improve on their fitness and enjoy the mateship and camaraderie that exists within the class to come down and get involved.”