Danika on the charge for her dad

Saturday, 11th March, 2017

Danika Rowlands is running from the city to Mundi Mundi Plains today to help the Cancer Council. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Danika Rowlands is running from the city to Mundi Mundi Plains today to help the Cancer Council. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

A local woman, with the support of her friends and family, is hoping to run 250 kilometres this month in memory of her father and to help the Cancer Council.

Danika Rowlands has taken up the March Charge challenge and is aiming to raise $1000.

So far she has run 22km and today she will get her kilometres up by running from Broken Hill to Mundi Mundi, and total distance of 60km.

“The Cancer Council run this event nationally and it’s about getting people to be healthy while also raising awareness for all cancers,” Danika said.

“I participated in it last year.

“You can walk or run whatever kilometres you set, so I’ve set myself a challenge of 250k.”

Danika said she has always been a runner, but really got into it last year.

“My dad got sick last year. I really started running to help with my peace of mind,” she said.

“My dad was diagnosed last February with brain cancer; he had five tumours and passed away 11 weeks after his diagnosis.

“It was a pretty tough time, but the Cancer Council was amazing during that time.

“I also have very close friends who have cancer.

“The more you talk about it the more you realise it affects everyone.”

The March Charge is a fun personal fitness challenge that has an enormous impact on how cancer is researched and treated. Just by walking or running for Cancer Council this March, and by raising funds, will help the Cancer Council “charge” ahead with research, prevention, advocacy and support services.

Danika usually runs 50 to 60kms a week but said she has only run a few kilometres as she was preparing for her big run today.

“When you do big runs, you have to prep and if you run too much before that - it’s not good.

“I had an operation in January - so my preparation hasn’t been great.

“Everyone has been so supportive, especially my family and friends.

“We will leave at 5am and I hope to take six hours to get there and back.

“It’s not about time though, it’s something that Dad and I wanted to do before he got sick.

“So we were always going to do it, but never got to.”

To help her out, Danika’s friends held a barbecue at Globe Timber and Hardware last weekend.

This weekend they will be supporting her run by riding alongside her.

So far Danika has raised $730 on her fundraising website and once she reaches her target she will donate the rest to the local Cancer group.

“We have a bit of cash from donations so after I raise $1000 the rest will stay local.

“It’s a bit more exciting to donate to a local organisation.

“The most important thing is to raise awareness.

“I want people to know cancer is huge and the more funding they can get the closer they get to a cure.

To donate or find out more, got to: bit.ly/rundanika