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Form a team or join another to help raise much needed funds
In the beginning there was one! In 2016 over 140,000 people will take to the track to raise much needed funds to help fight against cancer.

Back in 1985 a colorectal surgeon by the name of Dr Gordy Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent a gruelling twenty-four hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Washington, and raised over US$27,000, and showed that one person really can make a difference.

Courtesy of the Cancer Council

Since then, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world. Celebrated by more than 4 million people in over 20 countries, this inspirational overnight event empowers and unites local communities to fight cancer.

Relay For Life began in Australia in 1999 when the Victorian community of Murrumbeena raised over $75,000 for Cancer Council. Relays are now held in every Australian State and Territory, with more than 134,000 participants raising over $24 million each year. Every dollar raised goes towards funding Cancer Council's vital research, prevention and support programs, many of which help people in the community every day.

When there's life, there is always hope. Courtesy of the Cancer Council

At some time or another over a lifetime ,everyone will know someone who has had cancer and passed away or who has survived. If you have never been involved is raising funds for cancer, take the chance to do it in 2016.

Survivors and carers will come together at the Relay For Life 2016. Photo courtesy of the Cancer Council

Currently across Australia, there are 164 places that will be holding a Relay For Life and in NSW alone, throughout 2016 there are currently 31 places hosting their Relay for Life event;

• Shellharbour – 27/02/16
• Leeton – 5/03/16

Previous participants. Courtesy of the Cancer Council.

• Sydney – 5/03/16
• Hastings – 5/03/16
• Macleay Valley (Kempsey) 12/03/16
• Bathurst & District - 12/03/16
• Tweed Valley – 12/03/16
• Young – 19/03/16
• Grafton – 19/03/16
• Inverell – 19/03/16
• Dungog – 19/03/16
• Shoalhaven Nowra – 19/03/16
• Lismore & Villages – 2/04/16
• Orange & District – 2/04/16
• Penrith 2/04/16
• Southerland Highlands – 2/04/16
• Wee Waa – 8/04/16
• Muswellbrook – 30/04/16
• Sutherland Shire – 30/04/16

You could always bring your local band along. Courtesy of the Cancer Council.

In 2015 the Sutherland Shire Relay saw thousands of visitors on the weekend and raised $470,000 for Cancer Council NSW making it one of the biggest fundraising events of its kind.

• Gosford City – 30/04/16
• Tenterfield – 30/04/16
• Gunnedah – 30/04/16
• Mudgee – 30/04/16
• Hawkesbury 14/05/16
• Coffs Coast – 14/05/16
• Hills – 21/05/16
• Maitland – 10/09/16
• Wollongong (Illawarra) – 17/09/16
• Cessnock – 15/10/16
• Moree – 15/10/16
• Newcastle/Lake Macquarie – 5/11/16

Each of these areas will have their own start and finish times, early bird registration cost and normal registration cost, plus how much money they have raise so far and what their goal is.

If you are interested in an event that is close to you, just click on that area and the information page will come up. Then it's all up to you.

The Relay for Life is not only about raising the much needed funds to help fight cancer, it is about getting together with family, friends, work colleagues or joining another team and having fun while celebrating with a survivor or remembering someone you have lost to cancer.

It's not all about who finishes first or for how long you walk, run or jog around the track it's about the most important thing and that is helping to raise funds.

I have taken the liberty of taking what has been written on the Sutherland Shires link page as I found it best sums up what Relay For Life is about.

Relay For Life is more than just a fundraising event, its one fantastic weekend with something for everyone! Big stage, live music, great food, super rides and games for the kids – so much to do and yet these are just the side shows, because Relay For Life is a celebration of life, a time to remember those lost and an opportunity to Fight Back against cancer.

Have fun and get dressed up. Courtesy of the Cancer Council.

It's a team event where friends, family or co-workers register a team, then come down on the weekend and take turns to walk, run or jog to raise money for Cancer Council NSW while having an amazing time.

Everyones a winner. Courtesy of the Cancer Council.

The idea is to have one person from the team on the track at all times in a Relay style event. While many camp out for the entirety, some visit Relay for just a few hours, but no one leaves without being affected because Relay is full of emotion and pure inspiration. Over 15 years this amazing experience has raised over 5 million dollars towards the fight against cancer.

Become involved and get a team together.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the 2016 Relay for Life, you can visit their website and learn about Relay for Life, how the event works, see how your donation helps, participate and make a difference by creating a team or just joining another local team in your area. Maybe you would like to become a volunteer or just donate to another team.

They couldn't do it without the volunteers. Courtesy of the Cancer Council.

So get cracking and either join another team or form your own team to help raise the much needed funds to fight cancer.
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Why? To help raise funds to fight cancer.
When: Throughout 2016
Phone: 1300 65 65 85
Where: Various places in NSW.
Cost: The cost will vary for each event. It's up to you.
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