Wake-up call aids cancer battle

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A recent brush with illness has made a Queenstown tourism operator even more determined to aid cancer-
suffering teenagers.

From last Thursday till Sunday, Moonlight Country owner Geoff Clear hosted an annual camp for 43 Otago-Southland members of CanTeen.

The organisation assists those aged 13 to 24 living with cancer – either patients or their siblings, some of whom have already lost sisters or brothers.

Clear, 49, closed his business last Saturday to shout them horse rides on his Arrow Junction property and Shotover Jet laid on free jetboat rides on Sunday.

The Moonlight Country owner says he realised his own vulnerability after suffering what he believes were five mini-strokes a month ago.

“Looking round at the teenagers, I thought hopefully my problem is fixable because many of their [problems] aren’t.

“We get concerned about a sore toeand then these kids tell you their stories.

“They’ve got, I believe, great values in life – they’ve been through more than most people will ever go through,
at such a young age.”

Clear got involved with CanTeen because he and his wife Janice’s families have both been blighted by cancer.
Having hosted six camps, supported through his annual Melbourne Cup fundraisers, Clear is more committed to the cause than ever.

“We’ve got to do the best we can to make them live longer.”

His two children, 14 and 12, have also committed to continuing their parents’ involvement.