Triathlon bonds breast friends

THREE women from outback Queensland are redefining the term bosom buddies by uniting to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer in a whole new way - competing in one of Australia's toughest triathlons.

Belinda Murphy, Sally Eales and Keri Prandolini - who have dubbed themselves the Breast Friends - will take on the challenge of the Julia Creek Cannington Dirt n Dust Triathlon this April in a bid to better Breast Screening services for women in north west Queensland.

Breast Screening facilities are scarce in the outback. A mobile screening unit visits each town just once a year and only women over 40 years of age are eligible to access the facility.

Team swimmer, Sally, who is from Longreach, said the Breast Friends have worked hard to ensure their fundraising efforts will go directly back to benefiting women in the west.

"As it is, most of the funds raised for Breast Cancer go into research or improving facilities in the big cities, so we're incredibly proud to be helping women in our own backyard," she said.

The Breast Friends hope to raise $5,000 for Breast Screen Queensland and will join hundreds of Dirt n Dust triathletes in Julia Creek on April 21, 2012 for the 18th annual Dirt n Dust Triathlon.

The Triathlon is a major draw card for the three-day Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival which also includes bullrides, horse races, live music and entertainment, a ute muster and novelty events such as Australia's Best Butt competition and bog snorkelling.

To make a donation to the Breast Friends Trust go to www.dirtndust.com and click on Buy Tickets.

An auction will also be held for the Breast Friends during the Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, with three bikes donated by BNG Sports up for grabs.



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