New com­mit­tee for re­lay

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land’s 10th birth­day Whit­sun­day Re­lay For Life has a new or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee with 12 lo­cal men and women leading the way in the fight against cancer.

Re­turn­ing Re­lay For Life co-chair Wendy Barker said she was ex­tremely proud of her or­gan­is­ing team. “Our com­mit­tee has a won­der­ful di­ver­sity of talent and skills [and] we are all look­ing for­ward to or­gan­is­ing the best pos­si­ble Re­lay For Life for the Whit­sun­days and cel­e­brat­ing 10 years,” she said.

Ms Barker said the goal this year was to re­cruit 30 teams and raise more than $65,000.

“And I am con­fi­dent we have the team work­ing to­gether to make it hap­pen,” she said.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land’s Whit­sun­day Re­lay For Life will be held from May 10-11 at the Proser­pine Show­grounds. The date was orig­i­nally set for May 3-4 but the re­lay will now be held on May 10-11.

Re­lay For Life is an 18-hour event in­volv­ing teams of up to 15 people, who keep a ba­ton mov­ing in a re­lay-style walk or run overnight. The event is about rais­ing funds for the one in two Queens­lan­ders af­fected by cancer in their life­time.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land Re­lay For Life co-or­di­na­tor Jeff Hardie said he be­lieved this year’s com­mit­tee had the per­fect mix of youth, enthusiasm and knowl­edge. “I am very pleased to see the num­ber of new and tal­ented people that have com­mit­ted to putting on the best re­lay ex­pe­ri­ence this com­mu­nity has ever seen [and] I thank the en­tire com­mit­tee on be­half of the cancer pa­tients who will ben­e­fit from their gen­eros­ity,” he said.

The theme for this year’s re­lay is Fan­ta­sia. Five teams have al­ready reg­is­tered and the com­mit­tee are keen to see more sign up and be­gin fundrais­ing. All funds raised from Re­lay For Life sup­port Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land’s vi­tal work in cancer re­search, sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, and pa­tient sup­port ser­vices.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit­ or phone the fundrais­ing hot­line on 1300 65 65 85.

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