"Soul Sisters" team Sonna Schaefer, Kelly Lahrs, Rachel Way, Arna Lahrs and Natalie Hayward at Tweed Valley Relay for Life on Saturday, March 12. Liana Turner

Relay For Life marked a success

SOME local legs might still be recovering from the weekend, but it was all worth it.

Tweed Valley Relay For Life has been marked a success after more than $45,000 was raised for the Cancer Council during the event.

A total of 31 teams and more than 300 participants gathered at the Merv Edwards Fields in Kingscliff last Saturday and Sunday to raise money for cancer research, prevention, information and support services.

Participants included police officers from the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command - including new commander Superintendent Wayne Starling - as well as local firefighters and other emergency services workers.

Live entertainment, and later into the night a silent disco, kept participants motivated to push through lap after lap for the cause.

Cancer Council spokesperson Yonit Kittay commended the fundraising efforts of the national event’s local teams.

She said the funds raised would help support crucial services, including the expansion of the Murwillumbah oncology unit.

“Locally, we fund services and programs with the aim of improving the quality of life of those affected by cancer,” Ms Kittay said.

“In the Tweed Valley alone we will be able to continue providing practical support and resources in the oncology ward at The Tweed Hospital, assisting nurses to support up to 200 patients and carers a week.

“In addition we will also be expanding this support into the Murwillumbah oncology unit in the near future.

“Continued support towards services such as these have only been made possible through the support of the Tweed Shire and neighbouring southern Gold Coast communities.”

Relay For Life is the key annual fundraising event for Cancer Council NSW.

Community chairperson Dot Holdom said the volunteer-driven event needed more members to continue to grow.

“We need new members to help us grow this event,” she said.

“It’s a terrific community event which brings together the community to make the biggest possible difference in the lives of those affected by cancer in our local community.

“We have many different roles needing assistance, from entertainment to digital media and marketing.

“We really need some young blood to invigorate and grow.”

For information about joining the 2017 Tweed Valley Relay For Life organising team, contact Yonit Kittay on 02 6639 1304.

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