Lace up to kick the big C

Lace up your boots for this year’s Re­lay

The Western Star - - Front Page - Ellen Rans­ley ellen.rans­[email protected]

AS PAR­TIC­I­PANTS pre­pare to lace up their boots for this Satur­day’s Re­lay for Life, or­gan­is­ers are urg­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity to get out and sup­port the cause.

The com­mit­tee is hop­ing to raise $17,000 to help kick can­cer in the face at Cities Oval this week­end.

EV­ERY cent will be a kick in can­cer’s face - that’s the mes­sage from Roma Re­lay for Life or­gan­is­ers ahead of this week­end’s event.

With 14 teams now reg­is­tered, first time com­peti­tor and or­gan­iser Tori Fleet­ing is hop­ing the com­mu­nity ral­lies around the par­tic­i­pants to help reach the $17,000 goal.

“Ev­ery­one knows some­one with can­cer. I thought it was time to step up, and this year we’re only run­ning a half event,” she said.

“Any­one and ev­ery­one is wel­come to come down, there will be ac­tiv­i­ties for kids and then the teams will run fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Peo­ple can help us achieve our goal by com­ing down, ev­ery cent counts, and even if you can’t make it you can do­nate on­line.”

Tal­lis Lan­ders is one of the faces of this year’s Re­lay, af­ter los­ing his mum, Tracy, to can­cer in June.

“The num­bers we’ve had reg­is­tered, I think is a true tes­ta­ment to the com­mu­nity we’ve got here,” he said.

“Through­out the last cou­ple of weeks, the ex­cite­ment has been build­ing in our fam­ily. The last cou­ple of months haven’t been the eas­i­est but the sup­port from our com­mu­nity... has been amaz­ing.

“Mum was so loved, and we’re look­ing for­ward to the week­end and hope peo­ple come out to sup­port us.”

■ The open­ing cer­e­mony be­gins at 3pm Satur­day at Cities Oval, with the clos­ing cer­e­mony set for 11.50pm.

PHOTO: ELLEN RANS­LEY

KICK­ING OFF: Tori Fleet­ing, Tal­lis Lan­ders and Liana Leard ahead of this week­end's Re­lay for Life.

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