Com­mu­nity spirit in long run

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - SHAUN McMANUS

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.”

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