Re­lay mile­stone is not to be missed

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

With only five weeks to go, Re­lay For Life teams need to make sure they are reg­is­tered.

The 22-hour Can­cer So­ci­ety fundrais­ing and aware­ness event is at AgRe­search, Ruakura, in Hamil­ton, on Satur­day and Sun­day, March 9 and 10.

Event or­gan­is­ers prom­ise this will be the ul­ti­mate Re­lay For Life and is not to be missed as 10 years of the event in Hamil­ton is cel­e­brated.

‘‘Re­lay for Life is a fan­tas­tic event which brings the com­mu­nity to­gether,’’ Waikato- Bay of Plenty Can­cer So­ci­ety spokesper­son Rachael Moun­sey said.

‘‘We are thrilled to be cel­e­brat­ing 10 years of re­lay and will make this a re­lay to re­mem­ber.’’

Par­tic­i­pants are in teams of 10 or more and must keep their team’s ba­ton mov­ing around the track for the 22-hour event. Only one team mem­ber needs to be on the track at any time, and there are no rules about how fast the ba­ton must move.

‘‘It’s not a race,’’ Rachael said.

‘‘Re­lay For Life is about en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to cel­e­brate with those who have over­come can­cer, re­mem­ber their loved ones lost to can­cer, and fight back against a disease which af­fects one in three New Zealan­ders through fundrais­ing for the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

‘‘Teams en­ter from all over the Waikato in­clud­ing busi­nesses, com­mu­nity groups, schools, friends and fam­i­lies.

‘‘Add to this plenty of en­ter­tain­ment, in­clud­ing bands, per­form­ers and com­pe­ti­tions, overnight camp­ing, some amaz­ing cos­tumes and the re­sult is a real fes­ti­val­like at­mos­phere. It’s an awe­some event to at­tend.’’

Money raised through Re­lay For Life stays in the Waikato to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

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