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The 2016 Whit­sun­day Re­lay for Life is all set to re­turn in Proser­pine this week­end

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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.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

ON THEIR MARKS: The 2016 Re­lay for Life Whit­sun­day team is ready for the week­end.

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