GET READY TO REPLAY
The 2016 Whitsunday Relay for Life is all set to return in Proserpine this weekend
We’ve gained a lot of momentum. — Leonie Arthur
PROSERPINE is ready and set to host the Whitsundays Relay for Life 2016, with preparations being finalised for this weekend.
It will be the second year the event will be co-chaired by Leonie Arthur and Wendy Barker, and the organisers are hopeful they can grab a few more last-minute teams.
“We’re doing really well and we’ve gained a lot of momentum,” Ms Arthur said. “Hopefully we can still get more teams and more fundraising.”
Whitsundays’ 2016 fundraising total is already more than $33,000 but that number is expected to balloon as fundraising continues in the lead-up to the event and is continued throughout the weekend, with more than 20 teams and about 200 participants already registered this year.
This year’s event will take place from 2pm this Saturday and finish at 8am Sunday at the Proserpine Showgrounds. The theme this year is “we won’t sleep until we find a cure”.
Ms Arthur also announced a new patron.
“We would like to introduce this year’s patron, Todd Marshall, a survivor from Proserpine and past recipient of the Young Australian Award for his involvement with CanTeen. He is passionate in raising awareness of cancer in young men,” she said.
“Kerry Vernon and Maureen Conway are our faces. They are survivors and also passionate campaigners of finding a cure and raising awareness of the disease. Kerry is currently fighting melanoma and travels monthly to Melbourne for immunotherapy treatment at the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre. Maureen is also a survivor and carer. She is a passionate campaigner for Relay for Life and has been involved in a local capacity for a number of years.”
This year Blaze Café, Sea Cookie Catering, Cosmos Burger Café, Ken the Coffee Man along with Proserpine Rotary and Lions Club will be supplying food and drink to the teams.
Paul Skinner will again be the master of ceremonies and there will be live bands, a Mascot Run and the wonderful Whitsunday Fun Police planning another night full of fun and games.
Sponsorships have been received from local businesses in Cannonvale and Proserpine to enable the committee to feed all teams breakfast. There will be a survivor and carer afternoon tea.
There is still time to register for this year’s event by visiting www.relayforlife.org.au.
ON THEIR MARKS: The 2016 Relay for Life Whitsunday team is ready for the weekend.