Seymour cancer survivor Margot Green is urging Mitchell Shire residents to show support for locals facing cancer by attending The Cancer Council Victoria's Seymour Relay For Life Public Meeting on Monday 21 January.
"As someone who may now be facing cancer for the second time, I understand just how important it is to know you can call on your friends and neighbours for help," Ms Green said.
"The Seymour community has been an incredible support to me, and I hope that locals will extend this support to others by getting behind the upcoming Seymour Relay For Life event," she said.
Seymour Relay For Life, which will be held on 12 and 13 April 2008, involves teams of 10 or more people keeping their team baton moving around Kings Park to honour both people living with cancer and those who have lost their lives. Money raised from team fundraising activities will support the Cancer Council's lifesaving cancer research, education programs to help prevent and detect cancers, and support services for people in times of great need.
Seymour Relay For Life Coordinator Matthew Lewis says the funds raised at Seymour Relay For Life will directly impact many locals.
"Around 120 Mitchell residents are diagnosed with cancer every year, and many more face the diagnosis of a loved one," Mr Lewis said. "Relay For Life is a great way to make a tangible difference to their cancer fight."
"The Cancer Council has invested additional resources specifically to help Seymour Relay For Life get off the ground in 2008," Mr Lewis said. "I look forward to discussing our plans for the event with local residents at the upcoming Public Meeting."
At the meeting, Mayor Bob Humm will discuss the impact of Relay For Life on the Seymour community and Cancer Council representatives will highlight opportunities to get involved.
"Now's the time to get behind Seymour Relay For Life," Mr Lewis said. "By joining the event early, locals have a real opportunity to shape not only the 2008 event, but also the future of Relay For Life in Seymour."
The Seymour Relay For Life Public Meeting will be held at 6.30pm on 21 January at Kings Park Cricket Club. For more information, call 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.relayforlife.org.au.