Can­cer Coun­cil asks us if we want lo­cal Re­lay

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Felicity Ripper Felicity.Ripper@cnbtimes.com.au

MANY North Bur­nett res­i­dents know that Re­lay For Life is all about mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity and fight­ing back against can­cer, but they travel hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres to par­tic­i­pate in the events that in­crease aware­ness, unite the fight and raise money.

Now lo­cals have the op­por­tu­nity to help a Re­lay For Life come to life in our re­gion.

Next month, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is hold­ing a com­mu­nity meeting to gauge the lo­cal in­ter­est in hold­ing a North Bur­nett Re­lay For Life.

The meeting will be held on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 7, from 5.30pm, at St Matthew’s Angli­can Church Hall (Meyer St, Gayn­dah) and all are in­vited to at­tend.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris Mcmil­lan said she was ex­cited by the prospect of a North Bur­nett Re­lay For Life.

“There has been some in­ter­est in a North Bur­nett Re­lay For Life for some time, and we are ex­cited to see some lo­cals al­ready let­ting us know they want to be in­volved in the event!” Ms McMil­lan said.

“Or­gan­ised by pas­sion­ate, lo­cal vol­un­teers, each Re­lay event is an ex­pe­ri­ence that will stay with you for­ever.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate can­cer sur­vivors and recog­nise their car­ers, re­mem­ber loved ones lost through a mov­ing candleligh­t cer­e­mony, and we raise money to fight back against the dis­ease, by fund­ing ground-break­ing can­cer re­search, preven­tion and sup­port pro­grams.”

Re­lay For Life is com­mu­nity fundrais­ing chal­lenge for Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land, where teams of fam­i­lies, friends and col­leagues fundrais­ing in the lead up to an 18 hour event.

Team mem­bers then take turns walk­ing around the track through­out the night, to sig­nify that, “can­cer never rests, and nei­ther will we.”

In 2019, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land will host 38 Re­lay For Life event across the state, with tens of thousands of peo­ple ex­pected to take part.

“With more than 27,800 peo­ple di­ag­nosed with can­cer each year in Queens­land, it’s im­per­a­tive we are do­ing all we can to fight back against this dis­ease,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“Re­lay For Life is great way to make a dif­fer­ence right here in your com­mu­nity, and it is an event for ev­ery­one, no mat­ter you age or abil­ity.

“We hope to see as many peo­ple at the meeting as pos­si­ble, so come along and sup­port a Re­lay For Life in the North Bur­nett re­gion.”

More in­for­ma­tion about Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land is avail­able via www.can­cerqld.org.au or 13 11 20.

PHOTO: JOSH PRE­STON

RE­LAY: The North Bur­nett could have its very own Re­lay For Life.

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