Community spirit in long run
ON your marks – this weekend’s Derwent Valley Relay For Life is set to go.
Running from Saturday at 2pm to 10am on Sunday, the annual event will see hundreds of people pounding around Tynwald Park in New Norfolk to raise money for the Cancer Council.
Sandra Hetherington, co-chair of the Derwent Valley Relay Committee, said entry numbers were strong with 21 teams already registered.
“We’ve got a lot of enthusiasm going around at the moment, so we’re really positive that it will be an improvement on what we’ve successfully had in the past,” she said.
“Entries are still open and we’ll still be taking entries on the day, so we’re more than willing to accommodate more people and more teams if they’re so inclined.”
More than $81,000 has been raised since the first relay in 2015, but Mrs Hetherington said there was more to it than the money.
“I think it’s important not only for the fundraising part but the sense of community that we get out of it and the support, it just shows what a tight-knit community we are and how we try pretty hard to support good causes and to support each other,” she said.
She expects to be one of many exhausted faces when the relay concludes.
“Some people have the luxury of going home and having a sleep and shower, but [for] the ones that stay through the night it is pretty draining, you feel that you’ve worked for it.”