Re­lay for Life off

Oc­to­ber fundraiser called off due to lack of num­bers

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - BYJUSTIN JEN­VEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

THE Alpine Shire Re­lay for Life has been can­celled for 2018 after fail­ing to at­tract enough par­tic­i­pants by June 20.

At the start of June, or­gan­is­ers put a call out for more peo­ple to get in­volved in the Can­cer Coun­cil fundraiser after just four teams had reg­is­tered.

But it proved un­suc­cess­ful as only three more teams signed up by the cut off and or­gan­is­ers deemed that there weren’t enough par­tic­i­pants to go ahead with the event.

What would have been the Alpine Shire’s eighth re­lay was sched­uled to take place at Bright on Oc­to­ber 13.

Bright res­i­dent and vet­eran Re­lay for Life par­tic­i­pant Michelle Chal­well said it was a shame the event had to be can­celled.

“It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing, it’s such a great event that is well-worth sup­port­ing so it’s un­for­tu­nate that we didn’t get the num­bers,” she said.

Ms Chal­well said some peo­ple that had reg­is­tered for the Alpine Shire event will form a team to par­tic­i­pate at Wangaratta’s Re­lay for Life on Oc­to­ber 20.

“Those peo­ple al­ready reg­is­tered can just trans­fer over to the Wangaratta re­lay with­out hav­ing to pay the reg­is­tra­tion fee again,” Ms Chal­well said.

“We hope that quite a few peo­ple from the Alpine Shire will join us in Wangaratta.”

Oc­to­ber’s overnight event was go­ing to be the first back at Bright since shift­ing from Pi­o­neer Park to Myrtle­ford in 2016, as part of an Ovens Val­ley ro­ta­tion.

After five years in Bright, the move to Myrtle­ford re­ju­ve­nated the fundraiser after only eight teams took part in re­lay in 2015.

The first year at Myrtle­ford saw al­most 20 teams and 250 peo­ple walk­ing laps at the show­grounds while rais­ing more than $40,000.

How­ever, par­tic­i­pa­tion dropped in year two with just short of 100 peo­ple turn­ing out dur­ing a rain af­fected event at McNa­mara Re­serve last Novem­ber.

Since first be­ing held in 2011, the Alpine Shire Re­lay for Life raised over $264,000 in seven years for Can­cer Coun­cil Vic­to­ria’s can­cer re­search, preven­tion and sup­port pro­grams.

Lo­cal peo­ple still in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in a Re­lay for Life event can reg­is­ter on­line at­lay­for­ au.

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