Sending a message of hope

THE Tweed sent a strong message of support to cancer sufferers at the Murwillumbah Relay for Life on the weekend.

The support was both financial and spiritual, as 27 teams walked for 18 hours to raise $24,500.

Annella Powell, the Cancer Council Far North Coast Region Community Relations Coordinator said every dollar would be put to good use.

She said it was good to see the 350 participants get into the spirit of the event. While Relay for Life is about supporting cancer patients and survivors, participants have a lot of fun.

Three men produced an entertaining 'Miss Relay Pagent', the Busted Bones team walked with the aid of crutches, while many of the other teams decorated their tents in cancer prevention related themes.

“The teams made up a huge cross-section of the community and that is what relay for life is all about,” she said.

Walkers were continuously doing laps of the Murwillumbah Showgrounds track.

“We try and send a message of support for cancer sufferers, because they can't give up when it gets cold, dark or hot, so for 18 hours we don't give up either,” Ms Powell said.

The candle light Ceremony of Hope was a touching moment as a lone piper set the tone as an emotional poem was read to the audience, before two young female cancer survivors spoke of their experiences.

A number of hurdles had to be overcome for the fourth annual event to go ahead. Persistent rain in April forced a reschedule to September. The resignation of chairperson Ian Ross also threw a spanner in the works, however Diann Endicott stepped in to take the role.

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