Fight­ing cancer, 5¢ at a time

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

The Oasis Movers and Shak­ers have had their noses to the grind­stone rais­ing money for Re­lay for Life.

Re­lay for Life is a fun and mov­ing overnight ex­pe­ri­ence that raises vi­tal funds for Cancer Coun­cil’s re­search, pre­ven­tion and sup­port ser­vices.

In their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year of sup­port­ing the re­lay, the team mem­bers span the age spec­trum, with a range from 16 to 87.

The 42-per­son team has been in­volved in sev­eral fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing stalls, raf­fles and some mem­bers dy­ing their hair.

Twenty-eight mem­bers also at­tended a re­cent high tea and fash­ion pa­rade at Club Mul­wala.

The team has oblit­er­ated its $2000 fundrais­ing goal, hav­ing raised more than $8000 to date.

And on a mis­sion to prove a lit­tle goes a long way, the team set about col­lect­ing 5¢ coins to boost the fundrais­ing ef­forts.

To the team mem­bers amaze­ment, they col­lected more than $600 in change with more to come.

‘‘We’re very pleased with our ef­fort so far,’’ team cap­tain Brenda Alexan­der said.

‘‘The money will be go­ing to leukaemia re­search as two mem­bers of the team were di­ag­nosed with leukaemia this year and two grand­chil­dren of mem­bers have also been di­ag­nosed,’’ she said.

‘‘Three male mem­bers are also be­ing treated for prostate cancer plus sev­eral ladies have been treated for breast cancer.

‘‘Most peo­ple have been af­fected by cancer in some way, so we wanted to do what we could to help out.’’

The Sun Coun­try Re­lay for Life event will be held at the Yar­ra­wonga Foot­ball Oval from 4.30 pm on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 28 to 10.30 am on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 29.

If you have any 5¢ coins to do­nate, they can be given to the Co­bram and District Spe­cial­ist School or handed in at a Lions Mar­ket re­lay team stall. Tick­ets in a meat raf­fle can also be pur­chased from the stall.

No slow­ing down: The Oasis Movers and Shak­ers Re­lay for Life team has raised more than $8000 for cancer re­search.

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