Relay for Life raises $56,000 for Cancer Council

This year’s Relay for Life has raised more than $50,000 for the Cancer Council Australia.

Eighteen teams registered for the relay this year, with the groups collectively raising $56,000.

Whyalla Relay for Life committee secretary Jodi Stringer said the committee had been amazed by the support the relay had received from the community.

“All up at the moment there has been $56,000 raised from the help of the 18 teams,” Jodi said.

“The group that raised the most were the Ardrossan Angels who fundraised over $19,000.”

The groups that competed nearly doubled the previous year’s total, with last year’s walkers raising $33,000.

The highest raisers, Ardrossan Angels, is a group of relay-goers from Ardrossan who travelled to Whyalla to compete in the event.

The group’s total funds raised almost doubled its predecessors, with last year’s highest funds raised by a single team totalling $11,922.20.

Jodi said overall the event was a huge success.

“It was an awesome day, it was great,” she said.

“There was beautiful weather during the day but it was a bit chilly at the night.

“It was really good to see young teams and a lot of males getting involved this year, it was a really good mix of people.”

Jodi said it was also fantastic to see teams come and get involved from around the state, with not only the Ardrossan Angles but a team from Para Hills entering for the first time.

The team was inspired to enter as its pop, who lives in Whyalla, is currently receiving treatment for cancer.

A highlight of the event was said to be the survivors and carers lap in which cancer survivors and carers of those affected walked together with their sashes for a single lap to a significant song.

Walkers also placed lit candles in the shape of the word ‘hope’ on the steps of Samaritan College grandstand for those who are affected by or who have lost a loved one to cancer.

“This year’s relay definitely got bigger, it was just a big year for the event, it is awesome,” Jodi said.

The Whyalla Relay for Life committee thanked all of its sponsors, with special mention going to Samaritan College for donating its facilities to the group, the Lions Club of Whyalla Mount Laura for cooking the walkers breakfast, Piccadilly Water Supplies for donating water and Sign-o-Rama for creating a ‘hope’ banner for the walk.

Committee members said without the support of the sponsors and participants the event would not have come to fruition, and the committee was grateful to everyone who made it possible, and looked forward to doing it all again in 2014.

Turn to page 12 for more photographs from the event.

FUNDRAISING: Team Toon Out Cancer member Mardi Hage had her head shaved by hairdresser Suzanne Martin at this weekend’s Relay for Life

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