Relay runs up $30,000 for cancer

CANCER victims and survivors were paid an emotional tribute at this year's Relay for Life on the Tweed at the weekend.

Combined events across the Tweed, including Saturday's relay at Murwillumbah Showgrounds, an Elvis theme night, charity auction and benefit dinner, helped raise about $30,000 for cancer services.

Relay for Life Murwillumbah chairperson Ian Ross said the figure was testament to the dedication and commitment of the local community.

"It's a great result," Mr Ross said.

Twenty local teams took part in the event, which opened with a spe- cial lap of honour by cancer survi- vors and their carers.

A Ceremony of Hope was held at nightfall, in which candles bearing the names of those who had lost their battle with cancer were lit and left to burn overnight. --------------- --------------- Live music performances and comedy sketches kept weary relay-goers enter- tained throughout the night.

Relay for Life -- an event where teams of up to 15 people take turns walking or run- ning throughout the night -- is the major annual fundraiser for the Cancer Council.

About 20,000 people take part in New South Wales each year, helping to raise vital funds for cancer research, educa- tion, support services and advocacy.

Cancer Council NSW state services di- rector Jenny Beach yesterday praised the efforts of the Tweed community in get- ting behind the event.

"It's terrific to see people coming to- gether as a community with one shared vision," she said.

A fundraising dinner at Mooball's Victory Hotel which helped raise $2400 was among a series of events held in the lead- up to Saturday's relay.

Murwillumbah's Roundhouse Tavern also got behind the cause, hosting a huge auction night in the lead-up to Saturday's main event.

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