Fighting cancer and still selfless in pursuit of connecting community, uniting clubs and supporting youth

Deb Reilly, selfless in pursuit of connecting community, uniting clubs and supporting youth.

This Wonthaggi local has been fighting cancer for 16 years. Within that time she has also contributed significantly to ensuring our local community clubs and groups remain strong and focussed on developing our youth today, to be leaders of tomorrow.

Her name is Deb Reilly. First diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, which she subsequently beat, Deb continues to face an uphill battle fighting secondary spinal cancer. Despite her battles, for many, many years it has been her dream to support the community and community members in need. This inspiration didn’t just think about doing it, she went out and did it, turning her dreams into reality.

When not saving lives as a paramedic, Deb has been significantly involved in community, especially youth development. In 2012, Deb set up the Keeping Kids on Track fun run, which has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to community services and clubs across the Bass Coast region, with funding specifically channelled into promoting youth development within these groups, and also developing scholarships for youth transitioning into senior school and beyond.

“Seeing groups and clubs working together to improve the youth development within their club/group is priceless and that is what motivated me to start this event.” Said Reilly.

Deb believes that these clubs and group are the lifeblood of our community and says that by making the effort to enter Keeping Kids on Track, we can all do our bit to make sure people have access to services for those in need, to services for kids wanting to hone their sports skills and become champions of tomorrow.

“Supporting this event, entering a run or walk, you are helping the youth of the Bass Coast in so many important ways – all funds raised are channelled back into local organisations* and groups.” Said Reilly.

The Keeping Kids on Track fun run is coming up on 17 March. It is open to all levels of runner or walker – from kids, mums, dads and babies in pushers to those making healthy life changes and elite athletes.

There are a range of distances from 3km up to a half marathon, (21.1km Run, 15km Run, 10km Run, 5km run and the 3 km family walk) all starting and finishing at the picturesque beachside town of Kilcunda.

The routes showcase the spectacular Bass Coast rail trail; All distances  boast breath-taking views of Bass Strait, the unique rugged coastline and the country side farmlands.

In 2019 the event will be help on 17 March. Enter here:

Deb is currently quite unwell and in 2019, the Dalyston football club will continue Deb’s efforts and dreams, to support the community and community members in need.

* beneficiaries since 2012 include: Wonthaggi Specialist School, Wonthaggi Library Loan Scheme, Wonthaggi Little Athletics, Local Nippers Surf Lifesaving programs (Wonthaggi, Cape Paterson and Inverloch Surf Life Saving clubs), Wonthaggi Basketball Association, Inverloch Wind Surfing Club, Wonthaggi Underwater Hockey Club, Local Football and Netball clubs (Wonthaggi, Dalyston and Kilcunda-Bass), Wonthaggi SES, The Bass Coast Board Riders, Wonthaggi Boxing Club, Kipp McGrath, Wonthaggi Secondary School, Wonthaggi an District Netball Association, Bunurong Indigenous Group, Soccer Clubs (Wonthaggi and Inverloch), Powlett River Primary School Breakky Scheme, The Kongor School Support Group.  

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