Relay For Life raises $560k

CANCER Council Tasmania’s annual Relay For Life event has raised more than $560,000 this year.

Four separate events were held across the state in March – in Hobart, Launceston, Penguin and Circular Head – to raise vital funds for those impacted by cancer in Tasmania.

Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan was pleased to see such a great turnout from the community after a challenging two years with COVID.

“Overall, there were some 3000 participants who raised a combined total of more than $560,000,” she said.

“This was a tremendous effort from our Relayers and their supporters, with fundraising through the year being severely impacted by COVID restrictions.

“Thank you to all the volunteers, committees, participants and fundraisers who attended.”

Mrs Egan said there were more teams registered than last year, but less participants onsite because of COVID requirements.

“That didn’t dampen the atmosphere around the state, with a huge uptake from schools, particularly in Launceston,” she said.

Participants included a wide array of individuals, families, schools and corporate teams, including teams representing event sponsors like TasGas and Downer.

“A cancer diagnosis often brings a sense of helplessness, so participating in Relay For Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to do something,” Michelle Badkin from TasGas said.

“It was wonderful to see so many young people walking to support the cause.”

Downer’s High-Vis Heroes member Denny Mukundu said the significance of the event made a big impact on the team.

“The atmosphere of the event was captivating, just knowing that all the people there have their own stories,” he said.

“Downer’s High-Vis Heroes are proud to have raised more than $13,000, and happy to know every cent of that will go to people whose lives are affected by cancer.”

Relay For Life is Cancer Council Tasmania’s biggest annual fundraising event, with all money raised staying in Tasmania.

“This enables us to deliver our Supportive Care services (such as transport2treatment, wig library, health and wellbeing programs), Prevention (such as SunSmart education) and clinical research trials,” Mrs Egan said.

Registrations for Relay For Life 2023 are now open at www.relayforlife.org.au

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