More than 30 teams help in can­cer bat­tle at suc­cess­ful event

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

DALBY put its col­lec­tive best foot for­ward at the week­end, when more than 30 teams took part in this year’s Re­lay for Life for the Can­cer Coun­cil.

Start­ing on Satur­day af­ter­noon, the team walked through the night un­til the fin­ish of the re­lay at 9am on Sun­day.

It was a spe­cial day for all in­volved, es­pe­cially those who had been af­fected by can­cer in some ca­pac­ity.

With the aim of rais­ing $50,000, the Dalby Re­lay for Life is cur­rently about two thirds of the way to the goal.

At the time of writ­ing, the to­tal stands at just over $30,000, with six weeks of fundrais­ing still to go.

Neville Hess of the Dalby Re­lay for Life said the event was a suc­cess, and the hard work would con­tinue un­til the end of the fundrais­ing sea­son.

“We had a great turnout, with about 32 teams in the end, ev­ery­one seemed to be hav­ing a good time,” Mr Hess said.

“The cer­e­monies went well and Joanne Pedler, who was the face of the re­lay this year, told her story and spoke re­ally well.”

The event is one of the ma­jor days for the Can­cer Coun­cil, as it looks to raise money for re­search and treat­ment.

Aware­ness is also a ma­jor theme of the event, which Mr Hess be­lieves is im­por­tant for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“Days like these give an in­sight through the can­cer jour­ney,” Mr Hess said.

“When you are walk­ing con­tin­u­ously you start get­ting an idea of the con­tin­u­ous pain.

“We are hop­ing for a can­cer-free world which would be very spe­cial, es­pe­cially for our younger gen­er­a­tions com­ing through.”

There is still time to con­trib­ute to the Re­lay for Life cause, with do­na­tions be­ing ac­cepted for an­other six weeks.

“We are up to $33,000 (and) we still have six weeks for do­na­tions and money,” Mr Hess said.

“Peo­ple can go on to the web­site, or find a team which did the re­lay to con­trib­ute to.”

Peo­ple can do­nate at www.re­lay­for­life.org.au.

❝ We had a great turnout... ev­ery­one seemed to be hav­ing a good time. — Neville Hess


WALK OF LIFE: Thirty-two teams from Dalby com­pleted this year’s Can­cer Coun­cil Re­lay for Life.

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