The Sun Country Yarrawonga Mulwala Relay For Life is drawing closer with the event taking place at JC Lowe Oval this Saturday from 4.30pm.
In 2015 the Cancer Council Victoria Relay For Life in Yarrawonga saw more than 500 cancer survivors, carers, family and friends come together to reflect and pay tribute to loved ones.
So far the 2017 event has attracted 255 participants which Sun Country Yarrawonga Mulwala Relay For Life Organiser Diane Tregoning hopes may still rise before teams take to the event on Saturday.
The Relay For Life is an opportunity for people to band together and to show that Hope Lives in the fight against cancer and to raise much needed funds for Cancer Council Victoria.
Many local relay teams already have their fundraising well underway for this year’s event and hope to raise more on the day.
“Fundraising efforts from volunteers so far have been phenomenal,” Diane said.
“Teams have been wonderful in raising funds.”
Last year’s event in Cobram 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 tally sits at $30,690 of the goal tally of $50,000.
Relay For Life events held in the Moira Shire have raised an impressive $743,785 to help the 220 people in the region diagnosed with cancer every year.
Australia wide $108,000,000 has been raised in the past 5 years.
“For survival rates to keep improving we must continue to invest in the cancer fight,” Diane said.
“Money raised through Relay For Life will help us to do this.
“By getting involved with the relay, Sun Country (Yarrawonga Mulwala) residents will have a direct impact on the lives of local residents facing cancer.”
Ken McKenzie of Cobram’s Oasis Village will officially open the relay by cutting the ribbon at 4.30pm. Ken is a five-time cancer survivor at the age of 80 and he and wife Brenda do an amazing job in raising funds and awareness for the cause.
Me And the Girl, Lakeside Voices, Darcy and others from Cobram Special school and three other acts to be announced will be the entertainment for the day playing all throughout the day to keep spirits up of those walking for the duration of the relay.
Seeing everybody enjoy themselves and being able to give something back are the things Diane said she is looking forward to the most.
“Ross and I are looking forward to seeing everyone enjoy themselves and handing over the cash to be used to eradicate this insidious disease,” Diane said.
“My husband’s mother died from it, my family hasn’t been touched by it yet but we’ve been lucky and healthy and thought it was time to give something back.”
Teams of 10 or more will keep a baton moving around the track overnight to raise funds for the Cancer Council Victoria and teams can also camp out at JC Lowe Oval to support their team mates especially during the very early morning laps.
The Sun Country (Yarrawonga Mulwala) event will also feature special ceremonies including an honorary lap for survivors and carers.
Open to people who have either experienced cancer directly or cared for someone during a cancer journey, the Survivors and Carers Walk is a special ceremony, including a lap of honour and is an opportunity not only to reflect upon individual journeys, but also to raise awareness of the local impact of cancer.
All local cancer survivors and carers are invited to participate in the Survivors and Carers Walk, with participation not restricted to people involved in a Relay For Life team.
At dusk, there will be a Candlelight Ceremony in which participants and their families can reflect and pay tribute to a love one affected by a cancer experience.
Candlelit bags will then line the track as a sign of support to the participants.
Awards are available at the event including the highest team fundraiser award and spirit of relay award.
People can still register on the day for $25 with limited shirt availability.
Assistance will be provided to participants with mobility issues and first aid is on hand for the duration of the relay.
For more information visit the Sun Country Relay For Life hosted by Yarrawonga Mulwala on Facebook or contact Diane on 0409504712.
Come along and join in on the hope that still lives in the community for the fight against cancer.