Nestle Purple Packers sweat for Relay for Life cause
THERE are no prizes for guessing the secret winning ingredient in the Nestle Purple Packers' training diet.
The team, all Nestle employees, undoubtedly has access to plenty of their company's excellent performance enhancing instant coffee products.
And most of us would have needed all the caffeine we could get to go the distance in the big Relay for Life anti-cancer fundraising effort at the weekend.
And that does not include the effort in signing up all those generous sponsors.
The all-night event, from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning, involved numerous teams, all committed to keeping the relay going by having at least one member walking the whole time.
One teenaged entrant walked 40km as her contribution, carrying the baton in aid of cancer research.
The Mary St Walking Warriors and the St John Depot J-Walkers put their energies into representing Gympie Regional Council participation.
But if there can be said to be a winner in a non-competitive event, it was probably the Purple Packers.
Packers' spokeswoman Kathy Dubois said the team raised $19,223 with its big effort.
"It's our third year in a row.
"In 2011 we raised about $6000 or $7000 and it was $12,000 last year.
"After $19,000 this year, it's going to be hard to top!"
The Packers' near-$20,000 contribution was about one-quarter of the amazing $80,000 total raised by 43 teams who took part in the event, at One Mile sports fields.