Geelong Relay For Life reaches $2 million

Thursday 17 May, 2007

The Geelong Relay For Life has become the first Victorian Relay For Life to raise more than $2 million, The Cancer Council Victoria announced today.

While Geelong Relay For Life has remained one of the state's most successful Relay For Life events throughout it's seven-year history, it was a particularly successful 2007 event which put Geelong Relay For Life above the $2 million mark for total dollars raised since 2000.

"The support for Relay For Life in Geelong has been extraordinary," Relay For Life State Coordinator Anthony Keogh said."More than 2500 people representing 126 teams participated in this wonderful community event in 2007, and together they have raised over $430,714 for the Cancer Council."

Mr Keogh says the success of the Geelong Relay For Life event in terms of funds raised, community participation and cancer survivors and carers honoured is a stunning reflection of the generosity and caring that abounds in the Geelong community.

"As well as acknowledging the contribution of the wider Geelong community, the Cancer Council would like to highlight the contributions of Committee Chair Andrew Purdy and the organising committee in making the Geelong Relay For Life our most successful Relay event to date," Mr Keogh said. "We look forward to continuing our association with the Geelong community into the future."

Geelong Relay For Life Committee Chair Andrew Purdy says he is ecstatic about the success of this year's event.

"The drought has caused some events in Victoria to be postponed and we too faced difficulty," Mr Purdy said. "However, I am overwhelmed by the commitment of the organising committee and the support of the Geelong community to overcome our these drought issues and make this event such as success."

All money raised by Geelong Relay For Life plays a key role in supporting lifesaving cancer research, community education programs to help prevent cancer and detect it at a stage when it is most curable, and support services for people facing cancer. These programs benefit not only the people of Geelong, but also people living across the state.

For more information about the Geelong Relay For Life event, call 1300 65 65 85, or visit www.relayforlife.org.au/

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