Ice Relay raises $11,300 for charity
22nd May 2012
The world’s southern-most Relay for Life at Casey station in Antarctica has raised $11,300 for the Cancer Council Tasmania.
Casey expeditioners walked, ran and skied more than 850 kilometres over a 24 hour period last weekend.
Event organiser and Casey Meteorological Observer Craig George said everyone on station was involved in the event.
“Temperatures ranged from minus 16 to minus 20 degrees, the hardest part was getting your clothing layers right because you needed plenty of layers when walking, but didn’t want to get too hot and sweaty when running,” Craig George said.
The Relay continued for the whole 24 hours, only stopping for a few minutes in the evening for a candlelight ceremony to remember cancer victims and those currently fighting cancer.
“We had music playing throughout the long night and set up a ‘Relay Central’ inside the accommodation building so people could warm up and refuel with a smorgasbord of pizza, pasta and snacks.
“Everyone joined in for the final lap at 2pm on Sunday and it was the slowest lap of the weekend with more hobbling than walking, but everyone was elated to finish the event,” Craig said.
The highest fundraiser on station was Jeremy Browne, who raised over $2400 thanks in large part to him agreeing to have his chest waxed.