INSPIRATIONAL: Participants in last year’s Tweed Valley Relay for Life fundraising event.
INSPIRATIONAL: Participants in last year’s Tweed Valley Relay for Life fundraising event.

Relay steps out for cancer

HUNDREDS of Tweed residents are dusting off their runners and rallying the troops as they prepare to participate in this weekend’s Tweed Valley Relay for Life.

Now in its fifth year, the annual cancer fundraiser has attracted at least 31 teams with more than 200 participants registered, including teams from local schools, police, firefighters and emergency rescue commands.

“We all have a personal story to tell about why we’re doing this,” said TVRFL chairperson Dot Holdom.

“But it’s about the collective in honouring people, it’s a moment in time where we get together and understand that if we provide additional funds we can make a couple of people’s lives easier.”

Ms Holdom said some of the initiatives undertaken included helping to transport sufferers to treatment and helping to pay the bills for those that could not afford to do so.

Prevention and lifestyle behaviour programs are also funded through the charity.

“The main reason we relay is because we want to make a difference,” Ms Holdom said.

“We want to work towards helping the scientists and the doctors get to the stage where they cure cancer in any form.”

Already, the teams have raised $31,500, with a goal of $86,000 for the year, with all funds going directly to support those battling cancer as well as the carers that look after them.

The event, to be held at Merv Edwards Field, Wommin Bay Rd (opposite Cudgen Leagues Club) will kick off with an opening ceremony at 4pm on Saturday. A host of entertainment, children’s activities and food and beverages will be on offer for supporters, with many expected to camp on site.

A special candlelit vigil or Hope Ceremony will be held at 8pm as a solemn tribute to those who have lost the battle with cancer.

FACTS & FIGURES

- Last year, the Tweed Valley Relay for Life raised $76,000 for cancer support.

- The organisation has raised a total of $361,829 over the last five years.

- Relay begins at 4pm, Saturday, March 12 and ends at 8am on Sunday, with a BBQ breakfast.

For more info or to register, go online to www.relayforlife.org.au.



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