Relay For Life sparks into action

Thursday 1 November, 2007

Relay For Life excitement is gripping Victoria again, with communities across the state getting ready to pound the pavement once more in the name of cancer research.

One team who recently completed their Mornington Peninsula Relay event was ‘Sparks For Life'. Rosslyn Faulker, who wanted to honour her father and all Victorian electricians and tradies who are exposed to asbestos in the workplace, started the team.

"I created ‘Sparks For Life' because I wanted to raise awareness of the link between asbestos and mesothelioma. My father, Lindsay Faulkner, died of mesothelioma last year, and forming this team was my way of honouring him," Ms Faulkner said.

Sparks For Life raised more than $6000 for the fight against cancer through a raffle, market stall, Tupperware party and a donation from Eka Chemicals. Rosslyn is passionate about taking action in the fight against cancer and Relay provided a tangible way for her to contribute.

All money raised through Relay For Life supports ongoing, world-class cancer research, education programs to help prevent cancers and detect them at a stage when they are most curable, and support services for people in times of great need.

Relay For Life also raises money for clinical trials for cancer patients across the state. Clinical trials are used to evaluate the effectiveness of potential new cancer treatments compared to current treatments. This is an important aspect for Rosslyn, who believes the cancer trial her father participated in prolonged his life.

Relay For Life State Manager, Anthony Keogh, said it's terrific to see so many Victorians getting involved in Relay this season. "The support for Relay has been overwhelming, and getting involved is a great way of demonstrating your support for The Cancer Council Victoria."

For more information about Relay For Life, or to join an event near you, please visit www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.