Seymour Relay For Life postponed

Wednesday 4 April, 2007

The Cancer Council Victoria together with the Seymour Relay For Life committee today announced the postponement of the Seymour Relay For Life event, initially scheduled to take place on 21-22 April 2007.

"Postponing an event is never an easy decision," Cancer Council Spokesperson Deb Stringer said.

"We want to ensure that the foundations are right for a solid and sustainable event in the region and at this stage, we are still working towards this goal," Ms Stringer said. "Relay For Life is an incredibly powerful event and we want to ensure that every participant and supporter gets the most memorable experience possible."

"By postponing this event, we're ensuring the Seymour community enjoys the type of Relay For Life experience enjoyed by Relay participants throughout the state," Ms Stringer said. "We look forward to continuing our work with the local community to build the strength of Seymour Relay For Life in the next few months."

Ms Stringer says that the passion of local Relay For Life supporters remains high.

"Those we have worked with in the local community are very excited to make this event happen and, subject to venue availability and local support, we will now be investigating the viability of holding the event in either October or November of this year, or April of next year," Ms Stringer said. "To all those people who have given their time and passion to the cause, I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the fantastic outcomes they have already achieved."

Each year, around 135 people from Seymour and the surrounding shire of Mitchell are diagnosed with cancer. Relay For Life is an opportunity to provide real support to those affected, as well as to remember loved ones lost and honour survivors.

As one of the Cancer Council's most successful fundraising programs, the event plays a vital role in supporting lifesaving cancer research, education programs that help Victorians both prevent cancers and detect them at a stage when they are most curable, and important support programs for people in times of great need. Each of these programs benefit people facing cancer in the Horsham community, as well as Victorians as a whole.

Those already registered for the event will have their registrations carried over for the rescheduled event. Past Relay For Life participants will also be invited to a public meeting early next year to discuss planning for the next Seymour Relay For Life event.

For more information about Relay For Life visit http://www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

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