Relay For Life a success


What a great day !  Relay for Life 2012 in the Southern Highlands was an outstanding success. 

The district turned on marvellous weather for the whole day, Saturday April 28th, even if the night was a little chilly.

The morning began with two major features : the Survivors and Carers Walk, accompanied by piper Andrew Hearn, and just before it took place, we listened to an inspiring speech from Jane Harris, one of those cancer survivors.

The well-organised event was packed with activities for young and old, in addition to the actual relay itself. This was a great tribute to the hard work of the organising committee for relay, led by Judi O'Brien.

Results ?  Altogether there were 74 teams taking part and last time I looked the total funds raised so far were over $213,900 !

A great result when you consider that the target was $200,000 and the proceeds are still coming in. A fantastic result when you consider the number of people who live in this district. The proceeds will make a wonderful contribution to the work of Cancer Council NSW which maintains major research projects on the causes and treatment of cancer (costing $16 million this year). In addition, the funds raised will contribute towards their other ongoing programs : the Helpline 13 11 20; telephone support groups; Living with Cancer programs; peer support systems; booklet & online information services.

Here in the Highlands, apart from all those available support services listed above, we also have the benefit of Cancer Council services delivered locally : the Patient Transport Service; the General and Practical Support service (GAPS - formerly Volunteer In Home Support); and the Cancer Council Information Centre. All of these services in the Wingecarribee are made possible by the great work of local volunteers in partnership with Cancer Council NSW.

Further photos from the event :