Deb Rielly fought an inspirational battle with cancer for almost 15 years.

By Tom McNish

KEEPING fit, encouraging kids and bringing the community together were Deb Rielly’s passions.
Deb created the Keeping Kids on Track fun run as a way of feeding her passions while at the same time raising money for community groups and worthwhile causes.
She fought sickness for many years but maintained her fitness and community building pursuits until sadly passing away last year.
While her body gave way, her spirit could not be dampened. Deb’s desire for Keeping Kids on Track to continue after she was gone was very strong and she laid the groundwork for this to take place.
The 2020 Keeping Kids on Track fun run is coming up on Sunday, March 22.
Deb was a paramedic and with her other passions, devoted her life to community.
Participating in this year’s event will be a great opportunity for the community to remember Deb and continue her legacy.
And it will be organised by the Dalyston Football and Netball Club.
Deb wished for the event to continue to promote the fun and health of exercise and for the event to be ran by youth for youth.
This year, Dalyston netballer Gemma Thomas is part of the organising team.
“It’s great the football and netball club help run the event, the run is on such a pictureque trail and all funds raised are shared amongst local clubs,” Gemma said.
Deb’s mum Barbara Slavin is proud to hand the event over to Dalyston’s capable hands.
“Deb was a Power girl, but she always had a soft spot for Dalyston, and they have been part of the run since the beginning,” Barbara said.
Deb was a lady that never let life stop her from doing what she loved.
“Deb used to say, ‘I’ve got cancer, but it hasn’t got me’.
“She was so persistent, that even against her doctor’s direction, she competed in the Ironman world championships and somehow finished the race,” Barbara said.
Deb’s step father Michael Anderson is left with humble appreciation for what Deb promoted around the community.
“Deb’s ability to promote activity and health stemmed from her appreciation of sport and the people she met through it, all around the world,” Michael said.
“The best part of Keeping Kids on Track is how it brings members of community groups across Bass Coast together where they can walk, run or race. Just getting active is what Deb loved,” he said.
The Dalyston Football and Netball Club encourages participants to register by visiting, https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=37722