Relay to save a life takes off today
MORE than 640 participants have already signed up for this weekend’s Lismore & Villages 2016 Relay For Life.
The event, which raises funds for Cancer Council NSW, will be held at Southern Cross University’s Lismore campus from Saturday, April 2 at 3pm to Sunday, April 3 at 9am.
Some participants will be running in memory of a loved one lost to cancer, or have survived cancer themselves.
After all, one in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.
However, the relay will also be an excellent opportunity to simply blow off some steam, while making a positive difference.
About 50 teams have registered so far in the relay, including the Women In Red.
Ann New and John Jensen of Women in Red said family and friends were their core motivation to get involved.
"For me, I relay for family and friends who have lost their battle, those who survived and the ones currently battling cancer,” Mrs New said,
“It is an opportunity to raise funds for a great cause, enjoy good company and to support each other.”
Mr Jensen said “like far too many people, cancer has had a significant effect on my family”.
“After losing a close family member at a young age from bone cancer, I prayed that no one else would have to suffer like that,” he explained.
So far, the relay has raised over $18,000 to assist Cancer Council NSW undertake “groundbreaking” research into cancer prevention and treatment.
"Relay for Life allows us to raise awareness of the fantastic work that is being undertaken by medical researchers and health professionals around the world,” Mr Jensen added.
“It also shows us how their work is far from finished and that they desperately need more funds to carry on with their life saving endeavours.”
Hannah Brooks, from Cancer Council NSW Northern Region, described the relay as a “fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council's research, prevention, information and support services”.
“(The) relay is also a chance for the Lismore community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, and to raise money to help save more lives,” she said.
Southern Cross University, relay sponsors, first hosted the event in 2010, when organisers were looking to reduce costs while providing improved facilities.
It’s never too late to enter as registration will still be open on Saturday.