THE Central Highlands Relay For Life committee has decided to forge ahead with this year’s event in solidarity with the Emerald community as it works to rebuild after the floods.
Relay For Life co-ordinator Nicole Gee said the event would take on a special significance in the wake of the floods.
“The spirit of Relay For Life is about working together as a community to celebrate, remember, and fight back.
“This year’s relay will continue to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland in its vital work to support Queenslanders affected by cancer, including many thousands of Central Queenslanders who have been badly affected by recent floods.
“Funds raised at Relay go to important services such as the Cancer Council Helpline, which is now helping cancer patients with coping after the floods and cyclone.”
Ms Gee said the floods had strengthened community connections, highlighting the important services provided.
“Cancer Council Queensland responded rapidly to the flood emergency and is now implementing a number of actions to assist with the recovery process,” she said.
“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.”
Ms Gee said community events such as the relay were critical to the Cancer Council’s capacity to support all Queenslanders affected by cancer.
“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.”
The event will be held at the Emerald Showgrounds from 3pm on Saturday, August 20 to 9am on Sunday, August 21.
Team registrations can be made at www.relayforlife.org.au, 1300 65 65 85 or by phoning Nicole Gee on 4932 8610.
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