Relay For Life is becoming a fixture in the calendar for many people at they plan fun and games and fancy dress for this very important fundraiser.
Every year in NSW alone, more than 37,500 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and the impact on families, carers and communities is significant.
Cancer Council is the only charity in Australia that works across every area of every cancer.
The 2015 Tweed Valley Relay For Life is encouraging friends, family and work colleagues to redefine their resolutions and register for the March fundraiser which unites communities to help make a difference to over 200 types of cancer.
Teams of people, of all ages, levels of fitness and from all walks of life are needed to take part at Tweed Valley Relay For Life over the weekend of March 7 at Merv Edwards Fields, Kingscliff.
Teams are asked to raise funds in the months leading up to the Relay through a wide range of fundraising activities and securing donations from friends, families and work colleagues.
‘Relay For Life is a great way to spend time with your friends, family and colleagues while raising money for a truly worthwhile cause’, says relayer Dot.
‘We have made it easy for participants to fundraise by organising a major raffle which money collected from tickets sold can get banked against their team. It’s easy!’
During the Relay itself, some team members choose to take it in turns to walk round a track while everyone else enjoys a wide range of fun activities on offer. When others just choose to participate in the activities and maybe walk a lap or two in support of such a great cause.
As dusk falls, the atmosphere quietens as the Candle of Hope ceremony begins. The event is the most poignant part of Relay For Life when specially made Candle of Hope bags – decorated with touching messages in memory or in celebration of loved ones – are filled with sand and lit up with candles around the track at Merv Edwards Fields, Kingscliff.
The charity fundraiser hopes to reach its target of $90,000 and the only way they can do this is by rallying support from the community at large.
To register into the Tweed Valley Relay For Life visit relayforlife.org.au/TweedValley
check out the event’s Facebook page by searching Tweed Valley Relay For Life or call the local Cancer Council NSW office on 02 6639 1300.