Fighting cancer, 5¢ at a time
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.