Call for teams to join Relay for Life event
Cancer fundraiser could be cancelled if interest doesn’t increase
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.