Volunteers needed for 2014 Relay for Life
THE call is out for Whitsunday residents to get behind the 2014 Whitsunday Relay for Life, after the event’s first planning meeting was held at the Proserpine QCWA Hall last night.
Cancer Council Queensland Relay for Life co-ordinator Jeff Hardie said people who volunteered their time to organise this event would play an important role in the fight against cancer and he urged Whitsunday residents to join the organising committee of next year’s 10th annual Relay for Life.
“Relay for Life is a wonderful opportunity for individuals, families and businesses to reach out to those in our community living with cancer [and] there are roles available for anyone that would like to be involved,” he said.
Mr Hardie said although event management and fundraising skills would be useful, “we are looking for people with a variety of skills – the one common denominator being enthusiasm.”
Local celebrant and cancer survivor Ivan Conway has been appointed the face of the relay for the 2014 event, and he too encouraged locals to get involved.
“Cancer is a disease that takes way too much from families in every community [and through this event] we have a chance to create some hope for the locals diagnosed with cancer each year throughout the Whitsundays,” he said.
Relay for Life is an overnight community fundraising event that spreads a message of hope and support to those affected by cancer.
In April this year, more than 400 lo- cals turned out at the Proserpine Showgrounds for the ninth annual Whitsunday Relay for Life, which raised $69,434 for the one in two Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
For more information, contact Jeff Hardie at Cancer Council Queensland on 4842 2001 or visit www.relayforlife.org.au.
TOP HONOUR: Local celebrant and cancer survivor Ivan Conway will be the face of the 2014 Relay for Life event.