Central Highlanders rally for Relay

CENTRAL Highlands residents took to the pitch on Saturday night for a good cause - walking the track to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

Relay for Life 2015 patron Pat Lyons was battling a nasty flu throughout the event and said he took off home before it got too cold - but those who stuck it out were glad for the walking to keep them warm.

"The weather was definitely a bit chilly, but generally it was a lovely sunny afternoon," Pat said.

"I think that it was a really good success, numbers are down but the event was well-organised and run."

With teams lining the Emerald Showgrounds, ready with sleeping bags and pillows to take their shifts throughout the night, Pat said it was always humbling to see the locals turn out for the event.

"I think it's a really good event to bring together people who have lost friends and family, and make a contribution towards remembering them but also raising some money for research and to find a cure for cancer," he said.

The survivors walk at 3pm brought a good crowd, and Pat said he was honoured to lead the way.

"That's a very moving experience, you know all the people who are there are the survivors, they've been through very tough times at some stage, been a bit of a roller coaster and they've come out the other side," he said.

The candlelight vigil later in the night was held just after sunset, and was a moving experience for everyone in attendance.

"That's always a very moving ceremony and it's one of the highlights of the whole relay really," Pat said.

While the aim of the event is to raise awareness and funds, teams always put up a good show with costumes and tent decorations.

The Rumble in the Jungle team took out best tent, and were decked out in animal onesies for the occasion.

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