With 21 teams and a total of 276 participants, this year’s Relay for Life has raised more than $33,000 for the Cancer Council of NSW.
In only their second year on the organising committee, chairperson Margaret Jones and secretary Lyn Moseley, are thrilled with the final figures from the March event.
At the 11th event in 2011 there were 237 participants and 14 teams with $22,360 raised.
“It is really growing,” Mrs Jones said.
“We only have data from 2002 when there were three teams and 41 participants and $158 was raised.
‘From then to this year the Dungog Shire Relay has raised $190,673 which, per capita, is amazing.
“Six years ago two survivors and one carer were registered. This year there were 12 survivors and 16 carers.”
This year saw a number of firsts with the main one being more involvement of the aged and infirm who were able to sit at the venue for their allotted time.
“Some of the participants are not physically able to walk around the oval but were able to join a team and simply sit in the stand,” Mrs Jones said.
“And a couple even sat in a golf buggy and were driven around the oval.
“Two pipers Bill McKinnon Matthews and Malcolm Newbiggin donated their time and led the survivors on their first lap to commence the relay.”
A memorial slide show was part of the candlelighting ceremony, celebrating the lives of family and friends of relay walkers.
“This addition to our program received a positive response from all present and undoubtedly will be extended in future years,” Mrs Jones said.
“And a relay ball is resting at the home of one of our teams and will reappear on March 23, 2012, for next year’s event.”
Mrs Jones and Mrs Moseley congratulated the whole community for their efforts this year.
“It’s not just the teams and walkers but the sponsors of the raffles, grandmas who babysat so mums and dads could walk, Dungog High School and St Joseph’s School students who purchased merchandise on their fundraising days, people who donated prizes, helped to set up and clean up after the relay, those who provided entertainment for the walkers and publicity, prior to, during and after the event,” the ladies said.”
The relay could not take place without the dedication and enthusiasm of the team captains and organising committee who have already met to begin planning for the 2013 event.
The date of March 23, 2013 has been booked in and teams can now be registered online at www.relayfor life苏州美甲培训学校.au and fundraising can begin.
“Imagine what we could do if we start fundraising 10 months out from the event,” the ladies said.
“Don’t forget the community can support Relay for Life and the Cancer Council all year round by putting your tokens in the Community Chest box at Dungog Supa IGA Plus Liquor.
“Support the Cancer Council and our local business houses together.”
If anyone would like more information about Relay for Life or the Dungog Shire relay please visit www.relayfor life苏州美甲培训学校.au or phone Margaret Jones on 4992 1729 or Lyn Moseley 4992 1827.
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