Throughout each year, teams of ten to fifteen people walk or run around a track to raise funds in the Relay for Life for the Cancer Council research, prevention and support services.
Queensland events have already begun. In Toowoomba 2016, Relay for Life will be held in Queens Park to help raise a goal of $150,000. Close to $30,000 has already been raised. The relay starts at 3pm on Saturday 21 May and ends at 9pm on Sunday 22 May. To get involved in honouring cancer survivors and patients, contact Jillian Huth on telephone 1300 65 65 85 or email her at email@example.com. Registration is $30 per person, with on the day registration at $40. Registration fee includes a shirt and breakfast. Plan a theme for your team using colours and costumes which could include clowns, spacemen or pirates. There are no age limits or fitness requirements.
You still have time to attend some information sessions:
18 April 2016 - Onsite Fundraising Ideas 4 May 2016 - Team Meeting 11 May 2016 - Team Meeting 16 May 2016 - Final Team Meeting
The day begins with an opening ceremony. The weekend provides fun activities and there is overnight camping on the track.
Relay for Life began in the United States in 1985 when Dr Gordy Klatt recognized the need to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
All events are organized by a volunteer committee made up of folks from all walks of life. Among other things, they help with registration, transport, creating a local flavour for the relay and handling merchandise.
Cancer survivors' moving stories can be read on the Relay for Life webpage.
If you're unable to participate in the relay you may wish to simply donate. Funds raised go toward the following:
. newly diagnosed cancer patients receive support and information.
. provide exercise programs to patients.
. transportation to and from hospitals.
. free accommodation for patients, families and carers.
. help pay the bills for sufferers unable to attend work.
. research breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Being physically active reduces the risk of cancer, so what better way to get fit than to join the Relay for Life and give hope to those with cancer?