Alpine Shire Re­lay for Life can­celled in­def­i­nitely

Alpine Observer - - News - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

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