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Relay For Life 2021 hits the ground running

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Relay For Life participants at the 2019 event. Photo: Bundaberg Relay For Life

Cancer Council Queensland is today set to launch the Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Relay For Life for 2021.

Relay For Life is a movement that brings the community together to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer.

To launch this year’s event, Palm Lakes Resort will host the Wide Bay Community for morning of team bonding and celebrating last year’s success – including honouring the 2020 Young at Heart team who raised over $12,000, even amid COVID-19.

The community can expect an action-packed day on Saturday, 14 August during this year’s official Bundaberg and Fraser Coast Relay For Life event at Bundaberg Recreational Precinct.

This year’s Wide Bay Relay For Life Ambassador 19-year old Molly Dawson said her cancer experience changed her perspective on many things, including Cancer Council Queensland’s Relay For Life fundraising event.

“Before I was diagnosed with cancer myself, I was lucky to have never had a close connection to cancer – none of my relatives or friends had experienced it,” Ms Dawson said.

“I participated in Relay For Life throughout high school, where it was simply a fun event with my friends to raise funds for a good cause.

“Now I can see Relay For Life is a way of spreading awareness and starting the conversation about the importance of knowing your body and knowing when to speak up when you notice something off or different.

“Relay For Life is not just a ‘cancer event’ – it’s a special experience that brings the community together to lift each other up.”

Cancer Council launch unites the Relay For Life cause

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said the launch is an opportunity to learn more about Relay For Life and unite for the cause.

“While you’re enjoying the launch, learn what Relay For Life is all about and get your teams registered for 2021,” Ms McMillan said. “Participating in Relay For Life is a great way to support the endeavours of Cancer Council Queensland and help make a vital difference right here in your local community.”

“We’ve had some incredible Relay for Life events in the region over the years and are looking forward to this year’s event as it’s going to be bigger than ever. This year we’re bringing all the relays in Far North Queensland together to make one big event.”

Relay For Life is an event where teams keep a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, to raise funds for Cancer Council Queensland’s vital work in cancer research, prevention and support services.

“It is an event for everyone – no matter your age, or fitness level, you can get involved and make a difference,” said Ms McMillan

“So, come on down on Monday to find out more, register a team – together, we’re an unstoppable force and can stop cancer in its tracks.”

Funds raised through Relay For Life goes towards life-saving cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

To register a team, volunteer, or find out more about Relay For Life, please visit, www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland visit cancerqld.org.au or call 13 11 20 for information and support.

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