GROOVY GANG: The Emerald Hospital Relay For Life team adopted a ’70s disco theme of bright colours and tight lycra as they took part in last year’s Central Highlands event. Their team, Are We There Yet?, helped raise money for Cancer Council Queensland’s vital cancer research, education programs and patient support services.
GROOVY GANG: The Emerald Hospital Relay For Life team adopted a ’70s disco theme of bright colours and tight lycra as they took part in last year’s Central Highlands event. Their team, Are We There Yet?, helped raise money for Cancer Council Queensland’s vital cancer research, education programs and patient support services. Tara Miko

Locals get ready for Central Highlands Relay for Life

FAIRIES, superheroes and an array of colourful characters will come together in just over a week to walk for a cause.

The Central Highlands Relay For Life is a heartwarming annual event where the community creates hope for a cancer-free future.

With more than 35 teams registered for the event, locals will be taking to the Emerald Showgrounds on August 17 and 18 for a relay-style walk or run for 18 hours straight.

Central Highlands Relay For Life chairwoman Terri Weatherly said it was not too late to sign up a team for the event.

"You can basically sign up the day before if you like, because you do still have two months after the event to fundraise," Terri said.

"We have so many teams from different walks of lives entering this year, including a fantastic number of primary and high school teams.

"It's just great that we have primary school kids and young adults who want to make a difference."

Terri said there would be plenty to keep the teams entertained during their 18-hour relay.

"This year we have got a lot of entertainment happening, including Sophie and Colby Phillis. We have line dancers, Zumba, Emerald State School drum line and we have a couple of bands, as well as some yoga throughout the night," Terri said.

"We will have heaps of prizes and competitions throughout Relay For Life, including a best dressed competition and best baton comp.

"During the early hours of the morning, we usually put a movie on the big screen and the soup cart comes around at midnight."

One of the most touching moments of Relay For Life is undoubtedly the candlelight ceremony, where teams take time to remember loved ones lost and reflect on the impact cancer has on many lives.

"We have our candlelight ceremony, which is going to be incredibly fantastic, with the Emerald State School choir performing, and our Kestrel miners participating in the ceremony as well," Terri said.

"People who have fought cancer or lost loved ones will do a reading.

"It is a really moving, special ceremony."

Visit http://www.relayforlife.org.au to register. Registration costs $15 for youths and $20 for adults, which includes a shirt and breakfast.


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