Tweed Relay reels in $51,000
THE Tweed Valley Relay for Life raised an impressive $51,000 for the Cancer Council at the weekend.
Cancer Council's far north coast regional programs coordinator Rhian Paton-Kelly said so far the council has banked $51,233 from the Tweed event.
"Everyone is very proud of the event this year," Ms Paton-Kelly said.
"Toni Anstiss and her entire organising committee volunteered their time and energy to make the Tweed Valley Relay For Life an amazing experience - they should take a bow."
The relay had not been held in Tweed for the past four years and will now return again next year.
Ms Paton-Kelly said 450 people registered to walk around the track, with teams having at least one member walking for the entire 18-hour event.
"Even during the early morning freak storm people ran to get their raincoats and it was back on the track," she said.
It wasn't just a challenge for the participants, with volunteers also put through their paces getting the event together.
Peter Henning, from photography and publishing business Three Loose Coconuts, volunteered for the day.
"I thought it was terrific," Mr Henning said.
"It was very well organised."
Mr Henning was at Bridge Club Park in Tweed Heads at 6.30am to help set up the event.
Jesse Cooper, 16-year-old cancer survivor and ambassador of Relay For Life, was also overwhelmed by the community's response to the event.
"I have never seen anything like it," Jesse said.
"More than 40 teams walked around the oval, many right through the night.
"The highlight for me was having Gary Ablett Jr, a great footballer and mate, as well as all my friends walk with me around the track."