Relay for Life raises thousands for Cancer Council

Participants in this year’s Eurobodalla Relay For Life fundraiser are still celebrating after raising close to $30,000 for the Cancer Council.

More than 250 people turned out in Narooma on the weekend of April 7 and 8 for the annual fundraiser to raise vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.

The Walking Wonders group raised the most money for the event and Jenni Bourke’s Mudlovers was the biggest team to take part.

One popular event included the one-hour challenge, which allowed participants to register for just $10 and complete as many laps as they could in one hour anytime between 3pm and 7am.

Kirby Mackie took away the individual with the most laps and The Young and the Rest of Us took away the team honour for this event.

Cancer Council NSW spokesperson, Kate Brett, said all of the teams involved put in a phenomenal effort and made the event the success it was.

“We can’t thank the Eurobodalla Community enough,” Ms Brett said.

“Cancer Council NSW is 95% community funded and we couldn’t continue to assist those going through cancer without the support of the groups, teams, businesses and individuals that contributed to this special event.”

Ms Brett also thanked the organising committee which worked tirelessly for 12 months to coordinate the 20-hour event.

Leck Swadling led the committee as chair; Jess Bourke and Jess Croser took care of entertainment, activities and sponsorship along with help from Leanne Breust and Lyn Bambach; Sharon Clarke looked after the cancer survivors and carers and Peter Clarke kept participants safe with logistics and compliance; Margie Riley handled Ceremonies with aplomb and Di Reid was a key volunteer.

“Di Reid, our catering committee member did an incredible job sourcing donations from businesses around the community. IGA Dalmeny and Narooma, Woolworths, Michaels at Dalmeny, Ice Creamery and Mr Bold’s Soup were all enthusiastic to get involved, donating a variety of food,” Ms Brett said. 

Eurobodalla local, Annette Linney spoke of her experience with cancer and the support she received from the Cancer Council during her journey. 

“I spoke to the Transport to Treatment co-ordinator, Di Skelton, and she quickly arranged for a timetable to be sent to me. I was to be picked up on Mondays and returned home on Fridays (from Nowra),” Ms Linney said.

“All the drivers were volunteers and happy individuals who provided a welcome distraction and a weight off your mind not worrying about driving home.

On one of the trips home our lady driver had organised a picnic lunch as she was uncertain as to whether we had time to eat before our journey.”