Ash­bur­ton’s Re­lay for Life launches

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR LO­CAL NEWS - ERIN TASKER

Months out from Ash­bur­ton’s next Re­lay for Life, team en­tries are al­ready flood­ing in.

A launch was held for the 2018 Re­lay for Life in Ash­bur­ton last week, and Mid Can­ter­bury Can­cer So­ci­ety health pro­moter Mandy Casey said it was a great night, with peo­ple head­ing along keen to get their team reg­is­tered al­ready.

Ash­bur­ton will host a Re­lay for Life at the Ash­bur­ton Show­grounds over the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 24/25 next year, while Sel­wyn is also pre­par­ing to host a Re­lay for Life, at Brook­side Park, Rolle­ston, on March 17/18.

Re­lay for Life is a com­mu­nity fundrais­ing event for the Can­cer So­ci­ety. It brings peo­ple to­gether to cel­e­brate with those who have over­come can­cer, re­mem­ber loved ones lost to can­cer and fight back against can­cer by rais­ing money for the Can­ter­bury-West Coast di­vi­sion of the Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Re­lays start with a sur­vivors lap be­fore the 20-hour re­lay walk gets un­der way. At dusk, a can­dle­light cer­e­mony to re­mem­ber loved ones lost to can­cer is held, with can­dle bags dec­o­rated in mem­ory of lost loved ones lin­ing the track.

Ash­bur­ton last hosted a Re­lay for Life in 2015, and raised $157,000. Any­one in­ter­ested in reg­is­ter­ing a team can con­tact Ash­bur­ton’s Prop­erty Bro­kers and talk to Karen or Court­ney.

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Karen McRae re­ceives a team reg­is­tra­tion from Aaron Poul­ter from Fulton Ho­gan ahead of next year’s Re­lay for Life in Ash­bur­ton.

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