In the lush hinterland region of Maleny, Queensland, excitement is building for the sixth annual Mountain View Challenge, which will see hundreds running or walking for a great cause.
The event, held on 15 October, has been a feature on the Maleny calendar since 2011, with all money raised going to the Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation.
Offering participants of all ages and abilities the chance to participate, the event is comprised of several challenges, all starting at the Maleny showgrounds.
For serious competitors, the 21.2km Remax Half Marathon winds along Mountain View Road and onto the Mary Cairn Cross corner and boasts a $300 first prize.
“You get beautiful views of the Glasshouse Mountains and it raises money for childhood cancer research,” says Tess Presswell, Vice President of Projects for the Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club.
Other races include a 10,000m half marathon, a 5000m ‘Your Insurance Broker’ run (with an additional trophy prize for high school students up for grabs) and the 3000m Niulife ‘Run With the Lion’ course for primary school students. Participants can register on the day.
This year, the 70-strong member Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club also used proceeds from their annual ‘Welcome to Maleny’ dinner, to fund childhood cancer research. “We have the local real estate agents involved,” says Tess of the popular evening event. “Any new homes they’ve sold, the people are invited to come along and find out what Lions and other local clubs are all about. It’s really well supported – each year it sells out and we have an auction on the night.”
Supporting youth is an important priority for Lions, and last year, the Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club was thrilled to assist local girl Sarah Peters achieve her dream of competing at the Euro Paint Horse World Championships in Germany, with a $1000 Community 100 grant.
“Sarah is a family and some of our members knew her and her family,” says Tess. “Her submission was something we thought was very worthwhile because of her age and her amazing talents. She came afterwards and talked to the Club about how she went – the members said it was an absolutely fantastic talk.”
Tess herself joined Lions two-and-a-half years ago, attracted by the organisation’s reputation and her desire to contribute. “I was looking to be part of a larger group that was giving back to the community,” says the 53-year-old. “Because the Club has quite a few members, it’s quite diverse in terms of age and experience. They’re just a great bunch of people who are eager to do things for the community.”
Story with thanks to Country Style Magazine