WALKING FOR A CAUSE: Brett Otto and his father, Trevor, on their walk from Murgon to Kingaroy as part of the Relay for Life fundraiser.
WALKING FOR A CAUSE: Brett Otto and his father, Trevor, on their walk from Murgon to Kingaroy as part of the Relay for Life fundraiser. Matt Collins

Father and son's long walk for a great cause

SPENDING quality time with your dad is a great way to create lasting memories.

Some families do it a little bit differently than others.

With his dad, Trevor as the faithful support crew, Kingaroy businessman, Brett Otto spent the weekend pounding the rail trail all in the name of a very worthy cause.

The father and son team made the monumental journey from the South Burnett border just outside Murgon, right through to the Kingaroy Showgrounds.

The CEO of the Queensland Melanoma Awareness foundation, Brett said the 57 klm walk was his way of raising funds for the South Burnett Relay for life event.

Cancer research is a cause very close to his heart.

"I have had a fairly significant history with cancer,” he said.

Brett was one of the first people to be diagnosed with melanoma back in 1987.

"At that point the prognosis wasn't great, I was told I wouldn't have a significant amount of time to live.”

30 odd years later, Brett is still here and making the most of the opportunities he has been given.

"I see how that disease affects so many families,” he said.

"In Australia today, one in every two people will develop cancer before the age of 80.”

"It is the most significant disease in our community at this point of time.”

Brett was proud to be able to share this journey with his old man.

"Dad is 75, he is a lot fitter than me,” he said.

"We should all look to spend as much time with family as possible.”

The pair took a break Friday night once they got to Tingoora and travelled back to Wondai Saturday morning for a barbecue breakfast.

They then had a six hour walk from Wondai to Kingaroy on Saturday.

They were able to time it so they made their way in to Kingaroy for the start of the Relay for Life event.

Brett said he wasn't put off by such a long journey.

"I go into a fairly calm, peaceful relaxed state,” he said.

"There is so much beautiful scenery and wildlife on the rail trail.”

"I couldn't walk for six hours in the city.”

Brett hit his fundraising goal without too much effort.

"I set a target of $1000 in two weeks,” he said.

”Within a week I had well and truly hit my target.”

He raised an impressive $1300 in just ten days.

”It's a testament to the strength of our community.”

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