Age no bar­rier for Re­lay for Life

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FLYNN Ha­bets is proof pos­i­tive that peo­ple of all ages can get in­volved in the Wan­garatta Re­lay for Life to be held on Oc­to­ber 20 and 21.

The year six stu­dent at Ruther­glen Pri­mary School does not let dis­tance cause a prob­lem ei­ther.

His team Wa­ter­melon has al­ready raised $3594 which is cur­rently the sec­ond most by any group par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Flynn said he de­cided to get in­volved be­cause sev­eral of his fam­ily mem­bers and close friends had died from can­cer.

“I also wanted to do it for ev­ery­one else in the world who has been af­fected by can­cer, es­pe­cially pae­di­atric can­cer be­cause they are kids just like me,” Flynn said.

“If I were them I would want all the sup­port pos­si­ble. Ev­ery lit­tle sin­gle bit helps, so that’s why I thought re­lay for life was a re­ally good idea.”

Flynn, who loves cross­coun­try run­ning, hockey, swim­ming, cricket and fishing, as well as maths and science, also liked the phys­i­cal chal­lenge of do- ing some of the fundrais­ing events.

This is his first in­volve­ment in the event but it won’t be his last.

“I think I have al­ready helped raise aware­ness with the fundraiser held at my school, and I think fund­ing is re­ally im­por­tant right now be­cause sci­en­tists are com­ing closer and closer to a cure and need fund­ing to do it faster,” he said.

Flynn thanked his school for their sup­port in hold­ing a mini-re­lay for life in March when the en­tire school par­tic­i­pated in a three hour walk around a re­lay course they made.

“I es­pe­cially want to thank Ms Hur­ley, one of our teach­ers, be­cause hav­ing a mini-re­lay as my fundraiser was her awe­some idea, and the whole Ruther­glen com­mu­nity be­cause they were so sup­port­ive of the event,” he said.

Anyone wish­ing to get in­volved in Re­lay for Life Wan­garatta on Oc­to­ber 20, 21 can go to­lay­for­ or call 1300 656 585.

More in­for­ma­tion is also avail­able on the Re­lay for Life Wan­garatta Face­book page.

PHOTO: Cooper Gabriel

FUNDS MORE CAN­CER: Ruther­glen young­ster Flynn Ha­bets and Team Wa­ter­melon have raised more than $3500 so far for this year’s Wan­garatta Re­lay for Life.

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