Chairman of the Murwillumbah Cancer Council Ian Ross.
Chairman of the Murwillumbah Cancer Council Ian Ross. Tweed Daily News

Putting best foot forward

“JUST about everyone is affected by cancer these days,” chairman of the Murwillumbah Cancer Council Ian Ross said.

This is why Mr Ross has again organised a Relay for Life to be held at the Murwillumbah Showgrounds on May 9 and 10.

The event was planned for this weekend but has been postponed due to the wet weather.

Despite its name, Mr Ross said, it is not a relay.

“Teams walk the track continuously from 3pm on Saturday to 9am Sunday,” he said.

“We've got about 25 groups taking part, some have as many as 30 people and some only have half a dozen.

“At least one person from each team is always walking,” he said.

Mr Ross said the teams usually walk about 300 laps in the 18 hours.

Now in its fourth year locally, Mr Ross said Murwillumbah's Relay for Life keeps getting bigger and better.

“It's one of those things the community has taken on board and will support.

“The Murwillumbah Showground donates the use of the grounds, the show society does all the catering and the proceeds will go to the Cancer Council.

“Last year we raised about $30,000.”

About 20 marquees are set up for teams to use as a base, and people can bring their own tents or campers.

The opening ceremony will start at 3pm with cancer survivors and carers to walk the first lap of honour.

“This is a celebration of survivorship, and our wonderful members of the Mt Warning Dragon Boats are creating a guard of honour with their pink paddles for our survivors to walk through,” Mr Ross said.

A great line-up of entertainment has been arranged by the organising committee and there will be something for all ages, including professional opera singer Liza Beamish, the Hot Chilli Drummers and Anna Willis.

Live artists will perform from 3pm to 10pm, followed by the Disco till Dawn.

Mr Ross said a candlelight ceremony will be at 7.30pm.

“This is the most moving part of the event,” he said.

“A local cancer survivor tells their story; tales of their experience with cancer.”

Teams and individuals can still take part by calling (02) 6627-0300, (02) 6672-4781 or registering online at Individuals can also register on the day.

“We are particularly looking for registration of cancer survivors and carers,” Mr Ross said.

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