It’s going to be a very long 24 hours for over 1,300 ACT locals this weekend as they go through their paces on the Athletics Track at the Australian Institute of Sport in Bruce, and it’s all in the name of helping people with cancer in our community.
Cancer Council ACT’s annual Canberra Relay For Life kicks off on Saturday morning and over 110 teams of 10 – 15 people will head to the track from 8am to pitch tents, unpack sleeping bags, jumpers, fancy costumes and picnic baskets, and catch up with friends and family at the event.
Cancer Council ACT Chief Executive, Sandra Turner, says the event draws people from the region together and there’s a broad range of emotions on display through the event.
“It’s a serious start, with the Survivors and Carers lap just after the opening ceremony at 10.50am. Everyone at the event walks with them and it’s a very moving time for the participants, and then it’s 24 hours of entertainment, fun, reflection and camaraderie – and lots of laps!
“The candle light ceremony after dark sets the scene as a time of reflection for those lost to cancer and for the survivors and it’s also a show of support for those affected by cancer that they are not alone. Hundreds of tea light candles light the track overnight, as they burn in memory of loved ones and hope for a cancer free future, and they light the way for those walking throughout the night,” Sandra said.
“Relay For Life is one of our biggest fundraisers and it allows us to continue to provide support to people in the ACT through the provision of information and supportive care, prevention campaigns and research,” she said.
Held in Canberra since 2000, the annual Relay For Life is a 24 hour team event where participants walk (though some choose to run) around the track to raise much needed funds for Cancer Council ACT to continue to support those with cancer in the local community. Some participants raise funds throughout the year in advance of the event.
People can still register on Saturday morning from 8am for the Survivors and Carers lap and teams can still register for the Relay itself. There is a registration fee for Relay participants. Those not attending can donate online at www.actcancer.org.
WHO: Cancer Council ACT and over 1,300 men, women and children from across the ACT.
WHAT: Canberra Relay For Life 24 hour event.
WHY: To provide a place for reflection, hope and camaraderie whilst raising funds for a great cause.
WHERE: Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Athletics Track, Bruce, ACT.
WHEN: Registration and set-up opens at 8am Saturday 24th March.
Relay 11am Saturday to 11am Sunday.
* 10.50am Saturday 24th March - Opening and Survivors and Carers Lap (best image opportunities)
Sandra Turner, Chief Executive Officer
Mobile: 0414 695 632