Wrights set target to have a ball
By DARRYN NUFER IT would have been easy for Alton Downs couple Jacko and Jennifer Wright to distance themselves from anything to do with cancer.
They play a waiting game to find out whether their six-yearold son Will's leukemia has been eliminated.
Instead the happy-go-lucky couple continue on the fundraising trail for the Childhood Cancer Support group, yesterday raising $3500 for the charity through the sale of a heifer, generously donated by Five Star Senepols' Geoff Maynard.
It was just the first step towards a fundraising target of $40,000 they hope to raise at this year's Butterfly Ball.
Already a sell-out for 350 people, the fundraising ball, to be held on October 7 in Rockhampton, remains a true passion for the Wright's.
"The charity in Brisbane houses children with long-term cancer-related illness and their families who need to be there for the treatment,'' Mr Wright said.
"Without them we'd be that far in debt I don't know where we'd be. We just wanted to give something back to them.''
Will has battled the disease for more than three years ? his parents had to sell their Baralaba cattle property to pay for his treatment.
The annual Butterfly Ball, the brainchild of Mrs Wright, has raised more than $120,000 since 2002.