Bus drivers release their inner pirate for charity

MOTLEY CREW: Bus drivers Karyn McCabe and Cherie Chapman (front) with Paul Semerdjian, Peter Parkinson, Graham Henry, Lee-anne Smith and Annie Perdon (back L-R) participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day.
MOTLEY CREW: Bus drivers Karyn McCabe and Cherie Chapman (front) with Paul Semerdjian, Peter Parkinson, Graham Henry, Lee-anne Smith and Annie Perdon (back L-R) participate in Talk Like a Pirate Day. Sarah Harvey

IPSWICH buses were taken over by a bunch of buccaneers swapping the high seas for bus routes to raise money for children's cancer research.

Decked out in eye patches, captains' hats and hooks, the bus drivers looked more like members of Black Beard's fearsome crew of pirates rather than the usual friendly bus drivers.

Commuters kept their eyes peeled and ears open last week as more than a few "arghhs" or "me-hearties" rang out over the public transport network.

They were donning their best pirate costumes to raise awareness of the impact childhood cancer has on kids and their families.

The organisation the bus drivers were supporting was Childhood Cancer Support.

CCS provides financial support and accommodation to families from all around Australia whose children are receiving cancer treatment.

Bus Queensland had approximately 250 bus drivers and 180 buses that talked and dressed like pirates for the day.

Bus Queensland got right behind Talk Like a Pirate Day last year, with many bus drivers getting into the spirit of the day.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day began in 1995 in the USA.

It was proclaimed September 19 each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate.

Since its creation the day has been used to encourage everyone to release and embrace their inner pirate while supporting charity.

For more information on Childhood Cancer Support go to ccs.org.au



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