Friendship keeps loved teacher on the water
FOR Tannum Sands resident and kayaking enthusiast Carol Horton, the Boyne River has always been a special place.
But when her kayaking friend, Kim Craig, was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer, the river they had shared every Sunday took on a special significance.
The Boyne River was a place of peace and tranquillity, but it was also a social place and would host Ms Horton, Ms Craig and their group of friends with grace.
"For the last few years, every Sunday has found us paddling our sea kayaks down the Boyne River," she said.
"We love to get out in the fresh air and sunshine, and have a good old chin-wag.
"We love to watch the turtles and whatever wildlife we can see, we still get excited about it."
When the news of Ms Craig's illness struck, Ms Horton and friends banded together for a fundraising campaign.
"We were devastated and didn't know what to do," she said. "She's just a beautiful person."
The well-known Tannum Sands resident was a Prep teacher at Boyne Island State School for 20 years, and her fight against cancer has touched many people.
While Ms Craig has fought valiantly against the cancer, her friends have raised over $700 towards a two-seat kayak so she could be helped back onto the water again.
"It was because we missed having her with us on the river on a Sunday and we thought what can we do to get her back on the river," Ms Horton said.
"We hatched a plan that one of us would sit with her and we could take her out on a double kayak."
But all the funds they raised will now go toward medical research because of one generous corporate sponsor of their cause.
Viking Kayaks Australia contacted Ms Horton and offered to donate a double kayak and accessories.
"It's very, very good news," said Ms Horton.
An auction fundraiser the group is planning for October 18 at the Tannum Sands Surf Club will now raise funds solely for medical expenses.
Contact 4973 8709 for more details.