MORE than 350 people participated in the West Gippsland Relay for Life held earlier this month to celebrate people who have battled cancer and raise funds for research.
Above: walking for Gregory's Fitness. All photos by William PJ Kulich.
First published in the 27 March 2015 edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen.
The walking relay ran from 18:00 Saturday 21 March until 10:00 Sunday 22 March and raised $27,000 for the Cancer Council.
Sixteen teams of all ages, including survivors, carers and members of the West Gippsland community, united at the Warragul Velodrome to show their strength in numbers towards cancer.
The event began with the “Survivors and Carers Lap”, in which those who have conquered the disease, and those that helped them along the way, were celebrated and cheered.
Above: walking for the Darnum/Ellinbank Fire Brigade. The brigade carried an old piece of equipment with them as their baton.
The Spirit of Relay award, which recognises remarkable dedication and work with the Relay for Life, was awarded to Stefan Gregory.
The award for best team went to Team Harold, which raised $4,000.
There was plenty of entertainment with cover band Jam 821 and local musician Emily Murdica playing throughout Saturday night.
Members of Warragul Youth Theatre also performed “Robin Hood” for the participants.
The Cancer Council raises funds from the community for research and to support people living with cancer. Several Relay for Life events were held across the country.
The charity works closely with the Australian Government to develop better ways to prevent, treat and support those diagnosed with cancer.
Half of all Australian men and a third of all Australian women will be diagnosed with a form of cancer at some point in their lives before they reach the age of 85.
If you would like to donate to the Cancer Council, you can do so at relayforlife.org.au.
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