Ian rattles into Stawell for Belinda Scott Appeal

IAN Retallack hadn't planned a visit to Stawell on his trip around Australia to help raise money for cancer treatment.

However, after hearing of the plight of former Stawell woman, Belinda Scott he was more than happy to make a detour.

Mr Retallack will now appear alongside members of the Stawell community at a Family Fun Day to be held in Mrs Scott's honour at the Stawell Racecourse this Sunday.

Ian Retallack will ride into Stawell this Sunday to support the Belinda Scott Appeal.

Ian Retallack will ride into Stawell this Sunday to support the Belinda Scott Appeal.

Between 11am and 4pm people of all ages are being encouraged to head along and make a difference as part of the Belinda Scott Appeal.

Band 'No Plan' and disc jockey 'Pure Vibes' will be providing music with a sausage sizzle, cake stall and mini market to feed hungry mouths.

There will also be a jumping castle, mini zoo, face painting and appearances by Iggle Piggle and Peppa Pig.

One of the organisers, Bree Pickering will even brave the razor and shave her head in honour of her close friend.

Cost of entry to the Family Fun Day is $25 for families, $10 for singles, while youngsters under the age of three enter for free.

Dubbed 'Rattles Ride For Cancer' Mr Retallack decided to set off on the journey aboard the wagon with two horses, Mattnamaras Band (Matt) and El-Padrino (Paddy), after his mother's 10 year battle with cancer came to an end.

"Mum had this idea that life goes on, she enjoyed every moment of it and walked around as if nothing was wrong," he said.

"The family knew that mum had the spirit to keep on going and she did, for another 10 years after her diagnosis."

After a successful stint of chemotherapy Mr Retallack's mother learned that the cancer had returned, but this time it was in her bones.

She initially resisted her families calls for her to visit the doctor, but when the struggle to walk became too much she visited the doctor only to be told she had cancer in the bone of her leg.

"This meant an operation to remove the bone from her leg and replace it with a pin," Mr Retallack said.

"As time went by the cancer had spread to her backbone and finally mum had to be put in a wheelchair.

"Mum never let us see that the cancer worried her. She had the attitude that she would not worry anyone. She didn't want sympathy."

If the family wasn't grief stricken enough, just before his mother passed away - two days before her 70th birthday, his brother Steve was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer.

"I will always try to help others as best as I can, so this is why I'm making this trip around Australia," Mr Retallack said.

"All of this is to help raise as much money for research as we possibly can.

"Let us hope that it will help those in need to live and cherish every moment of life with their family and friends."

For more information and to donate to Mr Retallack visit www.rattlesride.com.au.

To make a donation as part of the Belinda Scott Appeal go to www.belindasappeal.com and 'like' the 'my SHAVE for Binny' page on Facebook.

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