Alpine Shire Relay for Life cancelled indefinitely
FOLLOWING a recent decision to cancel Alpine Shire Relay for Life for 2018, Cancer Council Victoria said the event won’t return in the immediate future.
This year’s walkathon was called off and future events removed from the calendar due to a lack of participation.
“Regretfully, the Alpine Shire Relay for Life will no longer be going ahead due to low participa- tion numbers for the event,” Cancer Council Victoria’s acting head of fundraising Bernadette Kennedy said.
“Cancer Council Victoria greatly values the support and hard work of our volunteers over the years, however, Relay for Life is a grass roots community-led initiative that engages with and relies on local residents and organisations to deliver successful events.
“We would like to thank the community for their support since the Alpine Shire Relay for Life commenced in 2011.”
In seven years, local participation helped raise more than $264,000 for Cancer Council Victoria’s work in cancer research, prevention and support services.
The first five events took place at Bright while Myrtleford hosted the relay in 2016 and 2017.
There is the potential for Relay for Life to return to the Alpine Shire if interest builds back up in the future.
“For the time being we encourage the local community to support us in other ways if they wish to, by taking part in alternative Relay For Life events or fundraising campaigns such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea or Daffodil Day,” Ms Kennedy said.
Cancer Council Victoria will also continue to deliver vital cancer information and support services throughout the community.