A DAY out on his boat fishing with his son is a great day for Noel Rumble, but even better is knowing they are making a difference to cancer patients outcomes.
Noel and son Michael are strong supporters of the Trinity Powersports Sea-Fari event, having volunteered their boat for a third time in January 2017.
Retiree Noel also has strong beliefs about building the Far Northern health system to improve outcomes for people who live in the north.
“One of the things I love about supporting the Hospital Foundation is that the fundraising that’s done here is supporting the people who live here,” Mr Rumble said.
“Last year the weather was good, we had a great day out on the water – ours was one of the support boats and the structure of the event now is really good,” he said.
Trinity Powersports Sea-Fari is a jetski-powered island hop from Yorkeys Knob to Port Douglas on Australia Day, raising funds for cancer services provided at Cairns Hospital.
And like most of us, it is a sad fact of life that Mr Rumble can easily think of close family and friends who have or are currently struggling with cancer.
“A close friend of ours is having a tough time with breast cancer, my cousin died almost two years ago from throat cancer, and our niece died some years ago from leukaemia,” Mr Rumble said.
Last year, the event raised the most ever, tipping in at $48,000 and organisers hope to better that tally this year.
Since inception, the event has raised more than $140,000 for cancer services.
Trinity Powersports and Sea-Doo donated a Sea-Doo GTI130 Jet Ski 2016 model including trailer and 12 months registration valued $17,118, which is being used as a raffle, that will be drawn
just before the event.
Tickets in the jetski art union can be bought from Cairns Central until January 2 and from then until January 23 at Stockland Earlville. People also can buy tickets in the art union at Seafari.
Participants can register at the same website until January 25, 2017.
According to the Cancer Council Queensland, 1379 people are diagnosed with cancer in Far North Queensland each year, and 461 people in the region die from cancer each year.
To participate, buy a raffle ticket or donate, visit Seafari.
PHOTO: Lauren and Ben Rumble enjoy a spin out on their grandfather Noel Rumble's boat, as he gets it ready to support the Trinity Powersports Sea-Fari.