Walk of life for 24 hours

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Family man Geoff Clear will be walking to remember loved ones lost to cancer this weekend.

The Arrow Junction businessman will be striding out for the Cancer Society fundraiser Relay For Life – and he’ll be taking his wife and three kids with him.

Clear, a Cancer Society stalwart who runs the annual Melbourne Cup CanTeen fundraiser, is joint captain of the
largest team participating in the inaugural event in Cromwell.

More than 1300 people from 78 teams will walk and run the Cromwell racecourse for 24 hours starting Saturday – money raised goes back to support cancer sufferers in the Central Otago region.

Clear says the event’s an opportunity to let children know about cancer while having fun at the same time. “It’s for the ones you love that disappear out of your life that shouldn’t.

“Cancer’s such an unknown – it affects one in three people and we’ve got a family of five.

“I want my kids to be aware and wise to what happens and not be shy of it because I believe until you’re involved with it, you’re not aware of just how cruel it can be.”

His Moonlight Country AJ Saville Master­wood team, co-run with Allister Saville, has 43 entrants – many of them children.

His team’s raised about $5000, with kids collecting money by busking and washing dishes at functions.

Clear won’t just be walking in the relay decked out in a range of pink costumes – he’s also in charge of the entertainment for 24 hours.

Bands from around the region are playing, including Clear’s group Suzy & The Slicktones.

Clear is especially looking forward to the first lap walked by cancer patients and survivors. “The best thing is to see the smile on someone’s face who has survived it,” he says.