ABOVE AND BEYOND: Bella Hockenhull shaved her head in support of those with cancer at the Dalby Relay for Life.
ABOVE AND BEYOND: Bella Hockenhull shaved her head in support of those with cancer at the Dalby Relay for Life.

Dalby’s champions of Relay for Life

ALMOST 300 people marched around the Dalby Showgrounds from dusk ‘til dawn last weekend at the Dalby Relay for Life, raising more than $33,000 along the way, but these five locals went above and beyond to make an even bigger impact.

Walkers won’t stop until cancer does

WEARY WALKERS: Misty-Ann Somerfield and Dawn Swann walked all through the night at the Dalby Relay for Life.
WEARY WALKERS: Misty-Ann Somerfield and Dawn Swann walked all through the night at the Dalby Relay for Life.

LEADING the final lap of the Dalby Relay For Life were two persistent walkers, Misty-Ann Somerfield and Dawn Swann, who walked the track for the whole 18 hours.

Just 12 years of age, Misty-Ann led the first and final lap, wearing her cancer carer sash every step of the way.

This was Misty-Ann’s eighth year of relay. She said it was about supporting her family and raising money for valuable cancer research.

“For me, walking in the relay means I’m caring for my family who have either survived or passed away from cancer and I’m walking for them and showing them that I care,” she said.

“I want to keep doing it as long as I possibly can … the year that there’s no such thing as cancer is probably when I’ll stop.”

Dawn Swann has walked in the Dalby relay every year since it started and said it is a cause close to her heart.

“I walk for my family members and the people I know with cancer,” she said.

Mrs Swann was a member of Friends Forever, this year’s highest fundraising team with more than $6,300 in the bank.

Girls rock the chop at relay

ROCKING THE CHOP: Bella Hockenhull and Jessica Bliesner cut off their hair for cancer at the Dalby Relay for Life.
ROCKING THE CHOP: Bella Hockenhull and Jessica Bliesner cut off their hair for cancer at the Dalby Relay for Life.

BRAVELY getting up in front of hundreds of people and chopping off their lovely locks, Bella Hockenhull and Jessica Bliesner went under the scissor to donate their hair to people battling cancer.

Jessica rocked to chop as part of the Cancer Council Queensland’s Ponytail Project, leaving the stage with a new style 30cm shorter than before.

The chop was a big deal for Jessica who has always had long hair, but she said it’s something she’s been wanting to do for a while.

“I really wanted to give back and help people who don’t have that privilege and I think it’s a really good program to give people a bit of confidence,” she said.

“I think for me my hair helped with my self-confidence with how I looked, but in the end you’ve got to think those people need it more because they’re going through something harder than you are.”

Bella went all in, chopping off 20cm of her hair and shaving the rest. It’s a cause close to Bella’s heart as she has seen family members fight cancer.

Bella also walked in the Relay For Life with her friends from Dalby State High School in the Drama Queens Team, raising over $1300.

Double marathon for Dalby State High student

INCREDIBLE EFFORT: Liam Newman ran 100kms during the Dalby Relay for Life.
INCREDIBLE EFFORT: Liam Newman ran 100kms during the Dalby Relay for Life.

FOR most people, the thought of completing a marathon is enough to feel tired. But what about more than two marathons in just 18 hours?

That’s what one Dalby student achieved last weekend at the Relay For Life, running 100.2km over the course of the 18-hour relay.

Liam Newman, 17, left the showgrounds with a limp on Sunday morning after an impressive effort, running more than 300 laps around the relay track over the weekend.

“At first I thought I would run to tire myself out so I’d sleep but it didn’t help so I just kept going,” he said.

“Then I just wanted to see how far I could get and how hard I could push myself.”

After crossing the line for the last time, Liam said he was tired but proud of his efforts.

“I didn’t think I’d make it that far,” he said.

This was Liam’s first relay.