Cancer call help from fur ba­bies

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

Man’s best friend will join the Re­lay for Life in the Great South­ern’s first dog-friendly ver­sion of the Cancer Coun­cil fundraiser.

Re­lay for Life asks peo­ple to take part in a walk cel­e­brat­ing cancer sur­vivors, pa­tients and car­ers.

As part of this year’s event in Oc­to­ber, peo­ple will be be able to take their pooches as part of Bark for Life. Great South­ern Re­lay for Life chair­woman Toni Fawell said only two States in Aus­tralia had a dogfriendly event and it was ex­cit­ing to see it come to Al­bany.

“It is a chance to spend some qual­ity time with your favourite pooch and help raise funds at the same time,” she said.

“Pets play a large role in their own­ers’ lives and many are con­sid­ered to be like chil­dren.

“Like Re­lay for Life, there will be a track to walk around, as well as some dog-themed stalls.”

There will also be a fashions in the field con­test, a raf­fle, agility tri­als and a dog and owner looka­like com­pe­ti­tion.

Peo­ple can en­ter in­di­vid­u­ally or as a team, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion fee go­ing to the WA Cancer Coun­cil.

Ms Fawell said the fee in­cluded a fash­ion­able neck­er­chief for your furry friend. “It’s also a chance to hon­our loved ones lost to­gether with man’s best friend, to help raise aware­ness and funds to pro­vide re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and sup­port to fam­i­lies in WA,” she said.

“The funds raised help pro­vide the ser­vices that cancer pa­tients in the Great South­ern area can ac­cess dur­ing their cancer jour­ney.”

Any dog can be brought along for the walk, pro­vid­ing they han­dle so­cial sit­u­a­tions well.

Bark for Life will start at 2pm on Oc­to­ber 15 at Foun­da­tion Park.

To regis­ter or do­nate, visit fund rais­ing.cancer.org.au/barkalbany, or con­tact Ms Fawell at great­south­ern­re­lay­for­life@gmail.com or call 0433 318 030.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Bark For Life com­mit­tee mem­bers Sue Bas­sett and Michelle Par­dini with 15-year-old Merve.

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