PLANS for this year’s Relay for Life are up and running and committee members are trying to recruit as many teams as possible for the annual event.
Relay for Life co-ordinator Nicole Gee said the spirit of Relay for Life would take on a special significance in the wake of this year’s floods.
“The spirit of Relay for Life is about working together as a community to celebrate, remember and fight back,” Ms Gee said.
This year’s event will be held on the weekend of August 20 and 21, with an effort to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland in its vital work to support Queenslanders affected by cancer.
“We are trying to recruit as many teams as possible from all over the Central Highlands to join in this wonderful event which raises money for cancer research, cancer support services such as accommodation facilities in major centres for regional cancer patients, prevention and early detection,” Ms Gee said.
Funds raised also go to important services such as the Cancer Council Helpline, which is now helping cancer patients with coping after the floods and cyclone.
“We are committed to providing them with information and support, to ensure that they are not at any further risk of having their health and wellbeing compromised,” she said.
Ms Gee said the floods had strengthened community connections, highlighting the important services provided by organisations such as Cancer Council Queensland.
“With more than 21,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year, and an estimated 160,000 Queenslanders alive today following a cancer diagnosis, many patients have been hard hit by the natural disasters across Queensland this summer,” she said.
Ms Gee said community events such as the Central Highlands Relay for Life were critical in enhancing and developing the Cancer Council’s capacity to support all Queenslanders affected by cancer this year.
“With the support of our local community, we hope to make 2011 a special year in the history of Relay for Life, bringing the people of Emerald together to mark Cancer Council Queensland’s 50th anniversary and the Central Highlands’ eighth Relay for Life,” she said.
“We hope the spirit of Relay for Life provides the Emerald community with inspiration to celebrate survival, remember those lost, and also fight back as a community.”
The Central Highlands Relay for Life will be held at the Emerald Showgrounds from 3pm on August 20 to 9am on August 21.
Team registrations can be made via www.relayforlife.org.au or by phoning 1300 656 585 or 4932 8610.
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