Victorian communities get into the Relay For Life spirit

Monday 17 November, 2008

Cancer Council Victoria is calling on all supporters to rally their friends and family together, and sign up as a Relay For Life team at their next local event.

Relay For Life is not just about raising money for the Cancer Council, it unites communities to - celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost and encourage community members to fight back against cancer.

Cancer Council spokesperson, Mr Anthony Keogh, said Relay For Life was a great way for family, friends and other community members to get together and help the fight against cancer in their own neighbourhood.

"Relay For Life is the largest fundraising event in the world, and the Victorian community has really embraced it over the past 10 years - just this year, nearly 25,000 participants in 32 communities have joined in the event," Mr Keogh said.

Relay For Life is an overnight, community event that raises funds for the Cancer Council. It is open to everyone in the community, and teams of 10 or more challenge themselves to keep their baton moving in a relay-style walk or run.

All funds raised support the Cancer Council's lifesaving cancer research and education programs explaining how people can reduce their risk. Funds are also directed into support services for people affected by cancer.

A highlight of any Relay For Life event is the Survivors and Carers Walk, which honours locals who have experienced cancer and allows the wider community to recognise their determination and strength.

Relay For Life also provides a great opportunity for community members to find out how they can cut their cancer risk and learn about the range of support programs available from the Cancer Council.

To get involved in a Relay For Life event near you visit www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.