Relay for hope, those lost and to finding a cure
The Oasis Movers and Shakers team is gearing up for its seventh consecutive Relay for Life and, as always, is a cause close to the hearts of many team members.
Team member Ken Alexander said another Oasis Village community member had just been diagnosed with breast cancer, adding to the two members being treated for leukaemia earlier in the year.
He said some residents’ grandchildren and children were fighting other forms of cancer, making for an easy decision to once again be involved in the relay.
‘‘I guess we are no different to any other group of people in the respect, that you’ve got people that like to participate in these things to try and make a difference where they can,’’ Mr Alexander said.
While Relay for Life has come to an end in other rural areas because of a lack of numbers, it remains a well supported in Cobram.
‘‘It’s like all charities, unless you’ve got the people prepared to stand up and be counted, it loses legs after a while, but its pleasing we are still involved and able to play a small part in raising some money,’’ Mr Alexander said.
Mr Alexander was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of last year and he said it shocked him when he realised how many people were in the same boat.
‘‘When I was told of my diagnosis I just happened to mention it to someone and within about five minutes I was talking to three other fellas who were all in the same situation,’’ he said.
‘‘I think the reason why so many people get involved in this fundraiser is because we all know somebody or have a relative that has been affected by cancer in one way or another.
‘‘It’s so common that it ceases to be funny. You don’t want people to give up that have cancer so it’s good if we can raise some money to help them along the way.’’
If you are interested in joining the fight against cancer, get along to Cobram showgrounds. The event runs from 4 pm Saturday until 10 am Sunday.
Relay For Life is a fun and inspirational overnight experience which creates friendships while raising vital funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
It is a chance for communities to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them.
So far, 168 participants in Cobram have already registered, raising almost $25 000.
There is a special survivors and carers afternoon tea at 3.30 pm Saturday, to honour those fighting or have fought cancer. You do not have to be registered to attend.
Relay ready: Oasis Movers and Shakers team members Brenda Alexander, Glenda Mann, Carol Eddy, Glenn Murphy, Jim Clausen and Ken Alexander.