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Relay For Life grant means more funds raised

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

Relay For Life Bundaberg has received a financial boost from a Bundaberg Regional Council community grant to help cover expenses for the popular annual event.

The annual relay raises funds to assist Cancer Council Queensland improve the quality of life for cancer patients through research, patient care, prevention and early detection.

This year’s Relay For Life event is on Saturday 13 August at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct.

Cancer Council Senior Community Development Specialist Rebecca Field said the $1400 grant would help the organisation cover some of its expenses so it could focus on fundraising.

“We applied for the grant to help cover Relay For Life event expenses allowing all funds raised to assist Cancer Council Queensland,” Rebecca said.

“The grant will assist us in minimising costs and supporting Bundaberg locals in reaching the fundraising target of $100,000.

“The funds received from the grant will be used to help cover Relay For Life event expenses, in particular stage and audio.”

Relay for Life grant a fundraising boost

Rebecca said the organisation was appreciative of the funding.

“Cancer Council Queensland and the Bundaberg Fraser Coast Relay for Life committee are grateful for the support given to the event by the Bundaberg Regional Council,” she said.

“It is with the generous support of grants such as these we can bring the community a memorable event experience while ensuring no Queenslander has to face their cancer journey alone.”

Bundaberg Regional Council’s Community Services portfolio spokesperson Cr Tracey McPhee said the grants provided a boost for local community-based events.

“It is great to be able to support an event such as Relay For Life which is participated by so many local community members,” Cr McPhee said.

“Events such as these make positive contributions back into the community and continue to help improve the lives of those who are affected by cancer.”

Participating in Relay for Life

Rebecca said the Relay For Life event was all about raising awareness of cancer while celebrating and remembering those fighting back against the disease.

“Relay For Life is all about celebrating, remembering, and fighting back,” she said.

“It is a chance for our local community to recognise and celebrate cancer survivors, those who are living with cancer and their carers, and to remember loved ones lost.

“Organised by passionate local volunteers, Relay For Life is a walk-style event where teams challenge themselves to stay on the running track for the duration of the event, or take turns with their fellow team members, while being entertained by local performers.

“In the evening, we honour those we have lost to cancer through a moving candlelight ceremony.”

Registration starts from $10 and is free for cancer survivors and their carers, and pre-registration is encouraged as there will be limited on the day registrations.

To register for Relay For Life visit the website here.

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