Community. Smithton’s Ian King is promoting next year’s Relay for Life in the way he knows best: by selling beds.
The King Bros owner recently donated $3000 to three Relay teams to help with their preparations for the 2016 Cancer Council event.
The money has resulted from the sale of a Sleepyhead bed that was donated to Ian and late wife Judy at a national Beds ‘R’ Us conference two years ago.
Selling for $2700, Ian added $300 to round off the final donation figure, splitting it three ways among The Allsorts, Rotary and new group Hazard Academy, formed by Ian’s daughter and son-in-law Leesa and Andy Kay.
Heavily involved in the Relay alongside Judy, Ian will again take part in next year’s overnight walk – the first since Judy’s death in 2014.
“That’s something I dare say we’ll continue to be involved in, because we are very well aware of what it means for individuals who go through cancer,” he said.
Taking over the business from his father in 1968, Ian added a third Platinum Award to his collection following this year’s Beds ‘R’ Us conference, held at Port Douglas last Wednesday.
With 71 stores across the country, the growth-based award is presented to businesses that grow 20 per cent on the previous financial year.
Ian put the award down to “a general improvement in the economy” and the quality of the product, describing the Australian bed manufacturer as “real innovators in the bedding game”.
He thanked his loyal customers for their ongoing support.
Sleepyhead national account manager Kurt Osborne said the Smithton retailer had achieved a “fantastic result”.
Of the bed donation he said: “We always try and support our members, especially in situations like that where they’re fundraising for the local community or a good cause.”
Circular Head’s Relay for Life 2016 is on from Saturday March 19 to Sunday March 20 at the Smithton Recreation Ground. For more information or to register your team, go online to relayforlife.org.au or visit Sue-Ella at King Bros, King Street, Smithton.