Vol­un­teers needed for 2014 Re­lay for Life

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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