Event aims to break $35,000
SOUTH West Queensland Relay for Life Co-ordinator, Kathryn Kenyon said this year's event aimes at raising $35,000.
Ms Kenyon said there was an increase in the number of people getting involved this year.
“We have 24 teams registered for this year's Relay, when last year we had 21,” she said
“There are a lot of first time teams this year.”
She said those who had not been to a Relay before would be glad to be there.
“It's an incredible opportunity for those who have been touched by cancer.
“In everyday life, you can't just walk down the street and talk about cancer, at the Relay you can.
“You can hear the stories of those people who are still standing,”
Ms Kenyon said it's not just the survivors that need to be celebrated.
“This is an event that covers all the aspects, and that is why the carers take part in the opening lap and share the afternoon tea afterwards,” she said. “We really need to value those carers and the way they stand by their loved ones.”
She said the event is important for the whole region.
“The general message is that it is a great opportunity for the community to celebrate those that have survived cancer and remember those that did not,” she said
“This event goes right across the valley, not just Gatton, but the surrounding areas as well.
Funds raised from the Lockyer Valley Relay for life will go towards cancer research, patient support services and education programs.