Call for teams to join Re­lay for Life event

Can­cer fundraiser could be can­celled if in­ter­est doesn’t in­crease

Alpine Observer - - News - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­dia.com.au

CAN­CER Coun­cil Vic­to­ria is ap­peal­ing to lo­cals of all ages to get in­volved in this year’s Alpine Shire Re­lay for Life.

The event has moved back to Bright af­ter two years in Myrtle­ford but there is cur­rently just four teams reg­is­tered with a lit­tle over four months un­til it is sched­uled to take place on Oc­to­ber 13.

Al­most 20 teams and 250 peo­ple took part in the first event in Myrtle­ford in 2016 help­ing to raise more than $40,000 for can­cer re­search.

The fundrais­ing goal is again $40,000 but Alpine Shire Re­lay for Life of­fi­cer Nick Wald said with­out a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in reg­is­tra­tions by June 20 the event will have to be can­celled.

“Re­lay For Life is a lo­cal fund- rais­ing move­ment that em­pow­ers com­mu­ni­ties to come to­gether to cel­e­brate can­cer sur­vivors, re­mem­ber loved ones lost and fight back against can­cer,” he said.

“The fundrais­ing move­ment turns 20 in Vic­to­ria this year but this will be Alpine Shire’s eighth Re­lay event.”

Since it be­gan, the Alpine Shire Re­lay for Life has raised over $264,000 for Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s can­cer re­search, pre­ven­tion and sup­port pro­grams.

It is suit­able for fam­i­lies and peo­ple of all ages, Re­lays in­clude com­mu­nity fundrais­ing in the lead up to the main event and ac­tiv­i­ties, live en­ter­tain­ment, mu­sic and can­dle light­ing cer­e­monies on the event day.

Bright res­i­dent and vet­eran Re­lay for Life par­tic­i­pant Michelle Chal­well said par­tic­i­pat­ing was a way of re­mem­ber­ing fam­ily lost to can­cer and to sup­port the ones go­ing through their can­cer jour­ney.

“When I lost my mother 37 years ago the sur­vival rate was very low but now with the ad­vances in re­search sur­vival rates have in­creased, two of my beau­ti­ful sis­ters have since sur­vived can­cer,” she said.

“Last week I vis­ited the On­col­ogy ward at the Al­bury Wodonga Regional Can­cer Cen­tre and was shocked to find that out of 21 chemo pa­tients hav­ing treat­ment I knew four.

“Four lo­cal peo­ple whose lives are hang­ing in the bal­ance, four lo­cal peo­ple that we can get be­hind and sup­port.

“All you have to do is get a group of fam­ily, friends or col­leagues to­gether and form a team to sup­port this cause once again.”

Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s other ser­vices in­clude the Na­tional Bowel Can­cer Screen­ing Pro­gram, which 49.6 per cent of el­i­gi­ble peo­ple in the Alpine Shire par­tic­i­pated in in 2016.

It also in­cludes Can­cer Con­nect – which links those af­fected by can­cer to oth­ers who are go­ing through a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence.

Peo­ple can reg­is­ter on­line at www.re­lay­for­life.org.au.

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