Walk4BrainCancer participant joins to pay trubite to John Shirley

Susan Short holding a photo of John Shirley. Photo: Supplied

Susan Short holding a photo of John Shirley. Photo: Supplied

A KERRY resident has taken on the challenge to walk 25 kilometre in a fundraising event in honour of the late John Shirley.

Susan Short will take part in Walk4BrainCancer event on Sunday, October 1, to pay tribute to Mr Shirley who died from the illness two years ago.

Mr Shirley was known for his work at Kerry’s rural fire brigade with the fire truck being named after the much-loved resident, and was the Kerry Hall committee president for several years.

The Kerry Hall committee will host a charity dance with all proceeds going towards Ms Short’s fundraising goal to pay tribute to Mr Shirley.

The dance will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 7.30pm.

Ms Short said she wanted to bring locals together for the dance to remember the man who attended almost every Kerry dance for about 30 years with his wife Annette.

“I grew up with the Shirley family and I remember him always being there,” she said.

“He was one of the most beautiful people you could have met.”

Ms Short said she donated to several charities but was shocked to learn about brain cancer.

“The more I learnt about it, the more I realised how bad it was in terms of survival rates and treatment options,” she said.

Ms Short said her interest to join Walk4BrainCancer was sparked when she heard of two people, including Mr Shirley, who lost their lives to brain cancer.

She said the key was research and she would do everything she could to help.

Ms Short said she hoped to raise $3000 before Walk4BrainCancer Tweed Heads event.

To donate, call Ms Short on 0437 787 262 or visit Blue Care on Duckett Street.