The Eurobodalla community gathered on February 3 for the launch event to celebrate and raise awareness for the upcoming Eurobodalla Relay for Life.
The event held at Club Narooma was a fun filled afternoon which included barefoot bowls, a barbecue dinner, raffles and prizes, giving the community an opportunity to come together and celebrate the hope that Relay for Life gives.
More than 150 local residents including patients, carers, friends, family members and those who have been touched by cancer came together on the night raising over $2000.
Many new participants joined the Eurobodalla Relay by registering at the launch event, recognising the importance and value of supporting the local community in the fight against cancer.
The launch event has been an encouraging start to the Eurobodalla Relay for Life, which is being held on March 18-19 at Bill Smyth Oval in Narooma.
During the Relay, teams walk a track to honour those in their community who are going through cancer, those who are caring for someone with cancer and to honour those we have lost.
With such an inspiring launch event the community is filled with excitement and hopeful anticipation for 2017’s Relay for Life. The event will include music, entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults alike, as well as the challenge of one of your team mates staying on the track for 24 hours.
Eurobodalla Relay for Life will also hold the Hope Ceremony to remember and honour those lost to cancer. On Saturday, March 18 at dusk, they will honour those we have lost to cancer with a candle-lit Hope Ceremony, where they encourage everyone to write a message on a “Hope Bag”, available for purchase at the event, and pop a LED candle inside it.
They then place the bags around the track and once the Ceremony has finished we walk a lap together.
Funds raised at the launch event and the upcoming Eurobodalla Relay for Life provide local services and programs such as Improve Your Long Game, a skin cancer prevention program set in NSW golf clubs aimed at men over the age of 40, which informs people about the risks of sun exposure.
Also Sun Sound, which encourages bathers at Eurobodalla local pools to apply and reapply sunscreen during peak UV periods, and Accommodation Partnership, which provides assistance to cancer patients and carers in the community who are required to travel to Sydney or Canberra for treatment.
Then there is “Eat It To Beat It” that helps families understand how eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables helps fight against many types of cancer, as well as “Transport to Treatment and Practical Support”, which provides eligible cancer patients in the Far South Coast Region with much needed services.
Kate Brett from Cancer Council NSW would like to thank Club Narooma, Dalmeny Deviants for cooking the barbecue, the wonderful Eurobodalla committee and all the businesses who donated prizes.
Together, as a community; that is how we’ll beat cancer.
“So thank you Eurobodalla. On behalf of all the parents who still have a child, on behalf of kids that still have a Mum and Dad, on behalf of men and women living long happy lives beyond cancer, on behalf of the researchers working tirelessly to beat this terrible disease. Thank you for your support of our Relay for Life.”
Start or join a team in the Eurobodalla 2017 Relay today! Take advantage of the special family discount and register two adults and two children for a reduced price of $40 price and save up to 50 per cent.
Register at http://www.relayforlife.org.au/eurobodalla and join us at the Eurobodalla Relay. For further enquiries contact Kate Brett, community engagement coordinator, Cancer Council NSW, on 4223 0232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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