Re­lay for Life raises close to $ 180,000

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE in­spir­ing story of a Townsville hus­band and wife who are both fight­ing can­cer has spurred on more than 1200 peo­ple to walk in this year’s Re­lay for Life.

Gemma and Matt Flana­gan were this year’s am­bas­sadors and have been cred­ited with draw­ing a big crowd to fundraise for Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land.

Gemma was di­ag­nosed with Stage 3 breast can­cer last year and, just six days later, Matt was di­ag­nosed with colon can­cer. This year’s theme was “Re­lay Around the World”, which in­spired some very colour­ful out­fits.

Event spokes­woman So­phie Ca­rauna said fi­nal fig­ures were still to be cal­cu­lated but pre- reg­is­tra­tions showed more than 1200 peo­ple took to Tony Ireland Sta­dium for the event on Satur­day.

“Num­bers were down on some pre­vi­ous years but it was still an amaz­ing turnout,” she said. “There were lots of teams and the speeches re­ally pulled on ev­ery­one’s heart­strings.”

This year’s event had a fundrais­ing goal of $ 200,000.

“So far we have raised $ 164,000 but with on- the- day reg­is­tra­tions and mer­chan­dise sales, I can see that go­ing up to at least $ 180,000,” she said.

WORLD OF SUP­PORT: Diana Simp­son and Cor­rida Gold­berg with Emily Gold­berg, 8, and Lach­lan Gold­berg, 3. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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