Kayaking for Kemo Kids sea kayakers Bob Glenister and Allen Rutter head for a hot shower. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 07031405A
Kayaking for Kemo Kids sea kayakers Bob Glenister and Allen Rutter head for a hot shower. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 07031405A

Long trip for a haircut



FOUR hours before they went under the shears, Allen Rutter, Dean Miller, Bryan Quinlan and Doug Gayford's hair was already worth $6000.

Not bad for four 'short-back-and-sides' blokes whose combined crowning glories would hardly make a spare toupee for Bert Newton.

And that was just the start of the Coffs Harbour fundraising effort for Kayaking and Cycling for Kemo Kids.

The sea kayakers and cyclists on the marathon Sydney-Brisbane fundraising paddle and ride hit the Jetty Beach in Coffs Harbour yesterday wet to the skin but happy with their progress and the support they are receiving.

Among the paddlers was Coffs Harbour kayaker Allen Rutter, looking tanned and fit after six to 14-hour days at sea. Yesterday the paddlers battled three-metre swells and a 30-knot wind during what Mr Rutter said had been the most challenging day so far.

Alongside him was the founder of K&C4KK, Bob Glenister and with the support crew on the beach to meet them was the inspiration for this event, teenager Rebecca Glenister, who was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukae-mia, in 1996 at the age of four.

Today Rebecca says she can remember only some parts of the four years of treatment that ended when her cancer was declared in remission eight years ago, but she has been giving her dad a helping hand ever since, although she said 'no way' would she be tempted on the kayak marathon.

Pacific Bay has provided accommodation for the travellers, who will be visiting schools and receiving donations in Coffs harbour today, with a barbecue for children with cancer and their families planned tonight.



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