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Are you ready to Relay?

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June 07, 2017

Committee volunteers and teams are needed for the Sun Country Relay for Life on October 28 and 29. Pictured are Cancer Council Victoria Community Liaisons Elyce Carlyle and Melissa Gillespie (in blue) and local committee members Ross and Diane Tregoning (in yellow).

Mark your diaries, get your team together and start fundraising for the Sun Country (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) Relay for Life on October 28 and 29.

Last year, Cancer Council Victoria’s Relay For Life event in Sun Country (Cobram Barooga) saw cancer survivors and carers come together to reflect and pay tribute to loved ones.

The event raised more than $43,000, which helped fund Cancer Council Victoria’s research, prevention programs and support services available to every Victorian community.  

This year, the Sun Country (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) Relay For Life returns to Yarrawonga on Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29.

Sun Country (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) Relay For Life spokesperson Diane Tregoning said the committee was hoping to recruit 25 teams this year.

Teams which register online before midnight Sunday, October 1 will only pay $20 per registration saving $5 off the normal price.

Local organisers are also looking for people to join the committee, asking anyone who is prepared to be a part of this great community event to put their hand up to help out.

“Relay For Life is an opportunity for local residents to band together – to show that hope lives in the fight against cancer,” Diane said.

“Teams of 10 or more will keep a baton moving around the track overnight to raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria. Teams will camp out at JC Lowe Oval to support their team mates.

“We’re encouraging everyone – whether they previously took part or not – to sign up again for this moving community event. Hope Lives in every step we take.”

The Sun Country (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) event will also feature special ceremonies, including an honorary lap for survivors and carers.

At dusk, there will be a Candlelight Ceremony in which participants and their families can reflect and pay tribute to a loved one affected by a cancer experience.

Candlelit bags will then line the track as a sign of support to the participants.

“Thanks to fundraising efforts from volunteers and continued investment in the fight against cancer, more and more people are surviving – survival rates for many common cancers have increased by 20% in the past two decades,” Diane said.

“For survival rates to keep improving we must continue to invest in the cancer fight. Money raised through Relay For Life will help us do this.

“These support services include Cancer Council 13 11 20, face-to-face local support groups and Cancer Connect, which links those affected by cancer to those who have gone through a similar experience.

“By getting involved with Cancer Council Victoria’s Relay For Life, Sun Country (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) residents will have a direct impact on the lives of local residents facing cancer.”

To join the Sun Country (Yarrawonga-Mulwala) Relay For Life event, please visit relayforlife.org.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.

To volunteer as part of the organising committee call Diane Tregoning on 0409 504 712 and keep up with the latest news on the Facebook page ‘Sun Country Relay for Life hosted by Yarrawonga-Mulwala’.

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