Wonthaggi State Coal Mine’s Anthony Jones (second from left) with Wonthaggi Relay For Life Committee members (from left) Caroline Bousfield, Gayle Bloch, Allison Gamble, Heather Earle, Simone Short, Kelly Smith and Sue O’Leary.
THE Cancer Council Victoria’s Relay for Life is making a historic return to Wonthaggi this year, with the State Coal Mine recently announced as the venue for the 2014 event.
Putting Wonthaggi’s own stamp on Relay for Life, the event will give participants the opportunity to be part of history themselves by taking part in the very first underground relay lap.
Cancer Council Victoria is inviting residents from Wonthaggi and surrounding areas to register for this inspirational, empowering and moving experience, taking place on November 8 and 9.
Relay for Life is now taking place in over 20 countries across the world.
It’s a community event where teams of 10 or more participants keep a baton moving in a relay-style overnight walk or run.
Team members are encouraged to camp out at the State Coal Mine to support their team-mates on the track for the duration of the event.
Relay For Life is an opportunity for local residents to band together – celebrating cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost and fighting back against cancer, a disease that takes too many Victorian lives.
The Wonthaggi event will also highlight special ceremonies, including an honorary lap for survivors and carers.
At dusk, there will be a Candlelight Ceremony in which participants and their families can reflect and pay tribute to a loved one affected cancer.
Candlelit bags will then line the track as a sign of support to participants.
Wonthaggi Relay for Life chair-manager Simone Short encouraged residents to not only take part in what is guaranteed to be a unique event, but to support those in the community affected by cancer, and to honour people we have lost.
“By getting involved with Relay for Life, members of each local community will have a direct impact on the lives of 249 Bass Coast Shire residents facing a cancer diagnosis this year,” Miss Short said.
“Every dollar raised through Relay for Life helps fund Cancer Council Victoria’s research, prevention programs and support services for those affected by cancer.
“These support services include the Cancer Council Helpline (13 11 20), face-to-face local support groups and Cancer Connect, which links those affected by cancer to others who are going through a similar experience.”
To join the Wonthaggi Relay for Life event, phone 1300 65 65 85 or visit www.relayforlife.org.au