Former Councillor Judy Peters may have stepped down from council earlier this year, but she has stepped up (virtually) as Patron of the Bundaberg Relay For Life.
Having participated in Relay For Life over the last 14 years, Ms Peters said the reason she relays hasn’t changed since her first event.
“My dad passed from cancer 14 years ago, which is when my daughter and I participated in our first Relay For Life as a tribute to him,” Ms Peters said.
“Every year I relay for him, and it’s such a special event for all those who have had someone in their life impacted by cancer, which in reality is most of us.”
Judy Peters challenged the Bundaberg community to get involved with this year’s Relay, which has been transformed into a virtual event on August 8, from 3pm to 7pm and welcomes all to watch, interact, and fundraise for those impacted by cancer.
The online event will be streamed through its Facebook event listing and will include the traditional Relay favourites such as the opening and closing ceremonies, celebrating survivors and carers, entertainment and games, and the beloved candlelight ceremony.
“This year there is really no excuse for anyone not to participate in Relay For Life!” Ms Peters said.
“Relay won’t be as we know it, but by being virtual it gives the whole community the chance to get involved from the comforts of their own home and create an online atmosphere just like the physical events.
“Having the event online simply shows the importance of never giving up – cancer hasn’t stopped during this pandemic so neither should we!
“I encourage the Bundaberg community to remember their reason to Relay and use that ‘why’ to fuel their energy for the event, because after all, that is one thing that hasn’t change.
“I think it’s quite exciting that we are embracing the changes as a community and continuing to connect with each other through these challenges and support those in our community who have been impacted by cancer.”
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan thanked Judy Peters for her dedication to the cause as Patron of Relay.
“Each year in the Wide Bay Burnett region, around 1,760 people are diagnosed with cancer – these are people in community we know,” Ms McMillan said.
“By joining Judy Peters at Bundaberg Relay For Life, you will give hope to all locals affected by cancer and help get one step closer to a cancer free future.” To register or find out more, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.
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