ROMA RE­LAYS FOR CAN­CER RE­SEARCH

Teams on track to smash goal

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

DE­SPITE a dis­ap­point­ing turnout from the ex­tended com­mu­nity, the 80 par­tic­i­pants who re­layed on Satur­day are on track to smash their fundrais­ing goal.

Re­lay for Life Roma cap­tain Tori Fleet­ing said it was a “bloody awe­some” ef­fort that teams had been able to raise more than $16,000 so far, with do­na­tions ac­cepted for six more weeks.

“Our goal was $17,000 so I think, once the teams bank all their money and we wait for some last-minute do­na­tions, we should be able to meet that,” she said.

“We thought it was go­ing to be a big com­mu­nity event but mostly the peo­ple who were there were par­tic­i­pants, which was a bit of a shame.

“With­out the sup­port from our lo­cal com­mu­nity, we won’t be able to keep the event go­ing, which would be re­ally dis­ap­point­ing.”

Once upon a time, Cities Oval would be full of tents, with fundrais­ing goals of $100,000 eas­ily smashed.

“To think we’re only just go­ing to scrape into our $17,000 goal,” Ms Fleet­ing said.

“We all tried re­ally hard but we re­ally need to hear from the com­mu­nity about what they want from the com­mit­tee next year to make it big­ger and bet­ter.

“The Lan­ders fam­ily tried re­ally hard and they, as a fam­ily, said it was what they needed to cel­e­brate Tracy’s life and to make her proud.

“They were miles ahead of all the other teams in terms of how much money they had raised.

“They said they were happy with any money raised for can­cer re­search, that was the goal for them and it meant the world to them that peo­ple sup­ported them.”

■ To do­nate to Roma Re­lay for Life, head to se­cure.fundrais­ing.can­cer.org.au and search Roma.

PHOTO: ELLEN RANS­LEY

LAN­DERS LEAD: Bryan Vick­ery and Kait­lyn Lan­ders, of team The Face of Mumma Trace, lead the lap for sur­vivors and car­ers at Re­lay for Life in Roma on Satur­day.

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