A Brisbane father who lost his daughter to cancer is planning to sail from Brisbane to Mackay in a four metre catamaran.

Dave Lindsay’s trip will raise funds for cancer research at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Ashlea Tighe reports.

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Dave Lindsay’s daughter Juanita died three years ago after a 13 year battle with cancer.

Dave says she was the inspiration for his trip.

After buying a caper cat and adding some safety features, kids put on finishing touches today, a multi-coloured makeover.

Meredith Campbell, Royal Children’s Hospital: “I used to sail a boat slightly smaller than that so I’ve got some idea of what challenge it is that David is taking on and the commitment and the courage of this family really are just extraordinary.”

It’s a trip not only for his daughter but for all the sick kids at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Dave Lindsay, father and sailor: “It just breaks your heart to see so many kids with all sorts of wires and plumbing hooked up to them all the time and looking so sickly.”

The Brisbane boat-builder will set sail on June the first, what would have been Juanita’s twenty-first birthday. He’s already raised $30,000 but he’s aiming for 50.

Once he sets sail from the Manly boat-house Mr Lindsay will make stop overs in Mooloolaba, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg and Yeppoon.

All the way driven by the kids at the Children’s Hospital.

Gayle Capiron, mother: “No child is ever forgotten and the children that are going though it now and are diagnosed children, we’re all behind them and it’s amazing the strength they give you.”

To follow Dave’s trip or donate, go to workingwonders.com.au

Ashlea Tighe, QUT News