Gold Coast Ironman Jackson Maynard is motivating Queenslanders to lead active lives while helping obliterate cancer this March.
The 23-year-old is calling on all locals looking for a new fitness challenge to take down cancer this March by enlisting in The March Charge.
The March Charge invites Queenslanders to sign up and run, swim or ride as many kilometres as possible during the month of March to help obliterate cancer.
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Jackson Maynard said he was inspired to support Cancer Council Queensland after he overcame stage 2 melanoma in 2010. “I was diagnosed with melanoma in 2010, and shortly after that I was diagnosed with Wolf Parkinson White Syndrome and had to undergo heart surgery,” he said.“I’ve faced difficult times – but I got through it and I want to inspire others to do the same.”
He continued: “I’m proud to be an official ambassador for The March Charge campaign this year to share my love of health and fitness, to take a stand against cancer and support and inspire those affected, and importantly – to get more Queenslanders involved.”
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said participants would reduce their own cancer risk while raising funds to support others impacted by the disease. “Up to one third of cancers can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle, including being physically active every day, enjoying a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy body weight,” Ms Clift said. “The March Charge is a personal challenge – not a race or event – that will allow you to tackle cancer head on while boosting your own health.”
Cancer Council Queensland recommends all Queenslanders participate in 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity every day to reduce cancer risk. Investing in just 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every day is good for your health, and 60 minutes can reduce your risk of developing cancer. Evidence also suggests the more exercise you do, the lower your risk of cancer – especially if it’s more vigorous physical activity.
The March Charge is flexible – participants can run, swim or ride as far as they want, where they want and when they want, sharing their progress across the month online and raising funds for the cause. Queenslanders can enlist for free for the March Charge now, nominating the kilometres they want to tackle in their own time and their own way at themarchcharge.com.au.
Money raised from Cancer Council’s The March Charge helps fund world-class cancer research, prevention and advocacy programs, and support services to help those affected by cancer at every part of their journey.
Queenslanders can enlist now at themarchcharge.com.au.