Relay for Life walkers go all night
SCORES of determined walkers marched through the elements on Saturday night in Ballina, to help finance the fight against cancer.
The annual Relay for Life event attracted a strong field but no-one could match the power walking of Maxene Grisell who clocked up 80 kilometres as part of Curve's Gym team Curvaliscious.
The effort continues Ms Grisell's incredible performances with distances of 74, 70 and 67 kilometres covered in previous relays.
Her effort was rewarded when, for the third consecutive year, her team was revealed as the top fundraiser with $12,000 collected.
Her result was based on having the right mindset.
A former oncology nurse for 15 years, Ms Grisell said she drew on her memories of former patients to keep her going.
Relay organiser Yonit Kittay said overall participant numbers were down this year but the amount of money raised continued to increase.
She said $40,000 had already been collected but money would continue to flow in for weeks and a final count will not be made until next month.
Ms Kittay said it was a great result for a small town.
Walkers began the relay at Ballina's Kingsford Smith Park at 3pm on Saturday and continued through till 8am yesterday.
Ms Kittay said this year's relay had attracted a record number of youth participants.
"That's what the event needs to grow. Having young people involved helps bring in parents and the wider community," she said.