Lismore Relay for Life volunteers David Webber (left), alias Miss Daphne, and Don Campbell getting ready for the big event on August 2.
Lismore Relay for Life volunteers David Webber (left), alias Miss Daphne, and Don Campbell getting ready for the big event on August 2. The Northern Star

Raising funds and hemlines for cancer

GETTING blokes to dress up in women's clothing may seem an unusual way to raise money for cancer research, but it's all part of the fun at this year's Relay For Life event in Lismore.

Each team is being asked to nominate one male member from their group to frock up.

The bloke who is judged to be the best dressed will be crowned 'Miss Relay'.

But if cross dressing isn't your thing, all teams are encouraged to choose a theme and dress up for the occasion.

The Lismore Relay For Life is being held at Southern Cross University for the first time this year, and so far about 40 teams have registered.

With 10 to 15 people in each team, organisers are hoping to get more than 1000 people involved this year and raise around $60,000.

The event starts at 3pm on Saturday, August 2, with an opening ceremony featuring survivors of cancer.

It then continues throughout the night as teams run, walk or shuffle their way around the oval. Participants can do as many or as few laps as they want.

Each team is encouraged to set up their own base camp and help create a festival atmosphere.

One of the organisers, Don Campbell, said there would be plenty of entertainment throughout the night, including bands and movies on a big screen.

Mr Campbell got involved with the event two years ago after his wife, Margaret, survived breast cancer, but had to have a mastectomy.

“We wanted to get involved with something like this,” he said.

Mr Campbell said there would be food for sale throughout the night and he recommended people bring warm clothing to see them through the night.

The relay will end at 9am on Sunday, with a breakfast provided by the Lismore Rotary Club.

Relay For Life raises money for the Cancer Council NSW, which provides information and support to cancer sufferers, as well as funding research and education programs.

The Cancer Council estimates that 30,000 people in New South Wales are diagnosed with cancer every year.

You can register a team online at www.relay.cancercouncil.com.au, or you can call Neville Rogan, who is the chairperson for the Lismore event, on 6628 5493.



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