The opening will be at 9:45 am on Saturday morning, 6th October 2018, with the actual opening ceremony starting at 10.00 am sharp. Firstly, they will cheer for all the Carers and Survivors who do the honours of the first lap - the "Carers and Survivors lap".
This 24 hour relay is in remembrance for family and friends who have succumbed to the disease. It is also for those currently living with, and fighting against this nasty disease. However, the walk is also for the people who cannot, for whatever reason, walk for themselves.
The idea is to raise as much funds as possible in the hope of finding a cure for cancer. Funds are also needed to help the people who have to fight it in their everyday lives.
The walk is to demonstrate to these people that "they are not alone". It will also show that the donations given to the Cancer Council Western Australia does create awareness and shows the difference people can make. This difference gives back to those who need it the most!
The walk is because we are the people who are able to walk!
Even your dog can walk!
The event will be held regardless of the weather. After walking some distance and if your legs start to hurt, you can look around and see all the amazing people who are doing this for Relay For Life. Each person is there for their own reason, their own friends and relations and, together they walk as "one" to fight cancer and for those have lost their battle.
Many people lose this battle far too young, as I well know, as one of my son's died of this disease, and I will be donating to this wonderful cause. Many people need the help and the support of family and friends to continue in their battle. Relay For Life Kwinana is a community event.
About Relay for Life
It all began in the United States in 1985 when a colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer. He also wanted to obtain more money for his local cancer charity. He spent a gruelling twenty-four hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Washington and raised over US$27,000. This showed that just one person really can make a difference. Since that time, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world.
It is celebrated by more than 4 million people in over 20 countries, and this inspirational overnight event grants 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 $14 million each year. All the money raised goes towards funding Cancer Council's very necessary research, prevention and support programs.
Even the smallest donations can make a difference!
$5 can help give a newly-diagnosed cancer patient important support and information resources.
$10 can help offer free exercise programmes that assist cancer patients in building strength and fitness during and after treatment.
$25 can help transport cancer patients to and from hospital
$50 can help the Cancer Council provide free information and support on all aspects of cancer.
$100 can help provide free accommodation for cancer patients, their families and carers during treatment.
$500 can help pay an overdue electricity, phone, gas or rates bill for a cancer patient who has not been able to work.
$5000 can help fund research into new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
Don't sit back and let others help - do something now.