Teams urged to sign up for relay
Local support makes all the difference
AFTER a successful Roma Relay For Life in 2016, organisers are calling on the community to lend a hand in the fight against cancer once again.
This week Roma’s Face of Relay for Life Marguerite Cuddihy attended Roma State College and St John’s School to encourage students passionate about giving back, to register for this year’s inspirational event.
“Thousands of Australians participate in Relays in memory of a loved one, some do it to show support for those battling cancer and some simply want to do it to make a difference,” she said.
While Ms Cuddihy may be used to telling other people’s stories, the Western Star journalist will be sharing her own as the Face of Roma Relay For Life.
“It’s a cause that I’m passionate about, so I wanted to become involved,” she said. “Being named the Face was unexpected but I’m incredibly honoured.”
Cancer’s first devastating impact on Ms Cuddihy’s life came when she was only 13 years old.
“My dad passed away from brain cancer – it happened very quickly, with only six weeks between his diagnosis and death,” she said.
The next time the disease came into her life, it was just as unexpected.
“I found out I had cancer when I was 24, and uninformed, I ignored the symptoms, and just put them down to uni stress,” Ms Cuddihy said. “I have check-ups with my doctor every couple of months, but that’s a very small price to pay for my clear bill of health.”
Ms Cuddihy encouraged students to get on board and register a team at www.relayforlife.org.au.
“Students even get a special discount code, which is RFLSTUDENT, so it will only cost $20 to sign up,” she said.
“Recruit mum and dad or con your favourite teacher into joining your team.
“The theme is beach party, so don your ugliest Hawaiian shirt and get behind this worthy cause.”
The Roma Relay For Life, to be held on October 7–8 at Cities Football Ground, is an 18-hour event involving teams of people keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, to support all Queenslanders, all cancers.
For more information, visit the Roma Relay For Life Facebook page.
❝mum Recruit and dad or con your favourite teacher into joining your team.
— Marguerite Cuddihy
FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: The face of the Roma Relay For Life, Marguerite Cuddihy, visits schools to spread the Queensland Cancer Council message.