Gold Coasters are being asked to put their foot down, one after the other, when it comes to the fight against cancer.
Cancer Council Queensland is officially launching Relay For Life season two this week, encouraging Queenslanders from Weipa to Warwick and everywhere in between to lace up, and team up to give hope for a cancer free future.
There are 25 Relay For Life events set to be held across the Queensland between July and November. Two events are scheduled for the Gold Coast this year, the first to be held at Doug Jennings Park on September 16 and 17.
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Relay For Life is an 18-hour event involving teams keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, all in an effort to raise funds for the one in two Queenslanders affected by cancer in their lifetime.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan encouraged locals to rally together to reduce the burden of cancer across the state.
“One person is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes in Queensland – that’s more than 27,000 people diagnosed each year,” Ms McMillan said.
“Taking the first step towards a cancer free future is as easy as registering to take part in your local Relay For Life event and fundraising for the cause.
“With a range of fun and entertaining activities on offer, to emotional and empowering ceremonies, Relay for Life truly is an experience not to be missed, and we encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to join in.”
“You might not think that walking the track for 18 hours or donating a few dollars makes a big difference – but it does,” Ms McMillan said
In 2017, Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise more than $3.5 million through Relay for its work in cancer research, education programs and patient support services.
“Together, 8035 Relay For Life participants have raised close to $1 million this year for Cancer Council Queensland’s vital work in cancer control.
“To each and every person who took to the track or donated to one of our 10 events in season one – we thank you.
“With continuing high levels of community support across season two, we hope to raise even more for all Queenslanders, all cancers.
“Get your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours together and give hope at Relay For Life.”
Early bird registrations for the Gold Coast Relay for Life in September close this Friday 23 June.
To register a team, volunteer, or find out more, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or phone 1300 65 65 85.