WALK THE TALK: Councillors Simon Clemence and Jason Modica, The Setts Liam Wood with Mario ‘Muz’ Modica are set to raise much-needed funds for Sunraysia Cancer Resources.

THIS time last year, Mario ‘Muz’ Modica walked from Gol Gol to Mildura in a tutu and Richmond football jumper because he lost a bet. 

Along the way, with a little help from his friends, he raised more than $6300 for Sunraysia Cancer Resources.

This year, with the help of his good mates Liam Wood from The Setts and Doms, and Joe Pileggi from Yo Yo Joe’s Café, he wants to get serious and raise a lot more for this vital organisation.

“It is not just about raising money,” Muz said. “Everyone knows someone affected by cancer and Sunraysia Cancer Resources are the first ones to help.

“We also want to raise awareness and support for the partners and families of cancer sufferers. They are often the forgotten victims of this awful disease.”

Muz, Liam and Joe are planning a walk on Sunday, November 18, commencing at 10am from the corner of Deakin Avenue and Seventh Street.

“Our plan is to walk up Deakin Avenue to Fifteenth Street and back again,” Muz said. “We will finish at The Setts where we will have a little food and refreshments.

“We want to make this a family affair, and we will have face painting for the kids and are looking to get a jumping castle as well.

“We will be rattling the tins along the way so that as many people as possible can make a donation.

“Toot your horn, get out your cash or join us on the road.”

Mildura Rural City Councillors Simon Clemence and Jason Modica have also thrown their support behind the cause.

“It is important that the community and council come together to support local causes,” Cr Clemence said. “It is fantastic that all the money raised is staying here in Mildura to help local people.”

Liam Wood said this year the group has “a special motivation” as a family that is close to the boys is currently battling cancer.

“It really hits home when it affects people you know,” he said. “Almost everyone knows someone  affected by cancer either directly or indirectly.”

A number of local businesses have already thrown their support behind the walk, and there will be collection tins situated at ENZED, The Setts and Yo Yo Joes or directly into a dedicated National Australia Bank account (BSB 083764 account number 982043328) so people can donate prior to the event.

As the event draws closer, more information will be posted on the event’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/Our-Walk-For-Cancer.

“Last year was a bit of a laugh but it showed that we can make a difference,” Muz said. “This year, with much better planning, we hope to raise some serious money for a local organisation that helps local people.”