Get ready to row for a cure

The Laurie's Love Row for a Cure Challenge is back

The 24-hour biennial event will be held on 1-2 October at the Burdekin Catholic High School hall. However, co-founder Julie Pavone, widow of Laurie’s Love founder Laurence Pavone, wants to encourage people from all over the country to get involved. 
“We’ve set up an online platform this year, so we’re trying to encourage teams to participate where they can. We’ve had quite a bit of interest from people in Brisbane, Newcastle and Cairns,” she said. “We’re contacting them to encourage them to sign up and get their teams ready and participate from their local areas.”
Teams consist of twelve participants who will row on a gym rower for 24 hours in a relay style. “You work out with your team how long you can row and then tag someone else. The rowing machine doesn’t stop for 24 hours,” she said.
So far, eight teams have signed up, but Julie is expecting at least 15 local teams to join. The registration fee is $100 per person or $1200 per team.
Registrations close on 30 June, and as an incentive to get teams to sign up early, Laurie’s love is offering a $600 draw prize. To enter the draw, teams must register before the end of May. The winning team can then spend the money however they like. “They can put it into their fundraising or take their team out for dinner. Whatever they want to do with it,” said Julie. 
All money raised will go to Laurie’s Love. “We are affiliated with several different research institutions that fund research projects regularly, so that’s where the money will be going. 100% goes to research. That was what my husband wanted. He wanted to be a part of finding a cure,” she said.
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