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Palm Lakes Young at Heart spread hope

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Young at Heart members Gerry and Heather Walsh and Cazzie Scott haven't let COVID-19 restrictions stop them from raising funds for those affected by cancer.

A little bit of hope will be spread by the residents at Palm Lakes Resort as they prepare for this year’s Relay for Life with the Young at Heart team.

Relay for Life 2020 is a little different for the Young at Heart team, who have participated in the annual Cancer Council for almost a decade, and they have a goal to raise more than $15,000.

Young at Heart members Gerry and Heather Walsh and Cazzie Scott are leading the way, and they won’t let COVID-19 restrictions stop them from thinking outside the box and coming up with a safe way to raise funds for those affected by cancer.

“Our relay this year will look a little different, and so is our fundraising,” Heather said.

“But our commitment is just the same – to support in whatever way we can those whose lives have been impacted by cancer.

“We thought we had so many residents here, it would nice to see them all embrace relay themselves, and so far, we have a marvellous response and residents are really taking ownership of it.

“By participating in this, we have found it is connecting all the neighbours together.”

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Relay for Life team Young at Heart member Gerry Walsh spreads the message of hope for this year's out-of-the-ordinary relay.

In less than a month, on 8 August, Palm Lake Resort residents, who are all over 50 years of age, will take part in Relay for Life.

Some members of the Young at Heart team will walk laps around their neighbourhood, while others will be lighting a candle and placing it in their driveway between 5.30 and 7pm to show support.

“In our demographic we all know someone who has been affected by cancer,” Gerry said.

“It's nice to be part of this fundraising event each year.”

Goals are set to support Relay for Life

As a cancer survivor Cazzie said she knows significance of being supported when going through the cancer battle.

Cazzie has set herself a goal to raise $1000 on her own, and with the support already shown by friends, family and neighbours who have taken part in her money board fundraising idea, she is well on her way to achieving it.

Young at Heart will have paper bags with LED candles that are available for $2 from early August for residents wanting to show support on the night. 

Gerry said along with the actual Relay for Life event, the Young at Heart team had committed the past 12 months to fundraising for the annual cause; He said they had collected empty cans and bottles, which had been a major source of fundraising throughout the year.

Heather will host a Lamington Drive, where people can order large delicious lamingtons baked by Tradewinds Bakery, with delivery Friday, 17 July.

The team will also be holding a garage sale and market day with many residents jumping on board to show support, with a sausage sizzle, on 1 August.

“There is also the raffle of a rug donated by a member of the wonderful Knit and Natter Group who do so much to support many worthy causes,” Heather said.

For more information, or to donate to the Young at Heart team phone Gerry on 0415 033 885 or click here.