On Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15, Wonthaggi Relay For Life was held overnight, uniting Relayers from the community to take steps against cancer and show that Hope Lives in Wonthaggi for anyone with a cancer experience.
My sincere thanks to each member of the Wonthaggi community who Relayed, donated, volunteered or supported this moving community experience.
Thanks to this support, this year Wonthaggi Relay For Life is expected to raise over $45,000 which will help ensure Cancer Council Victoria’s support, prevention and research programs continue.
Each year, over 140,000 Australians support Cancer Council’s Relay For Life.
Around the world, people in 24 countries come together at Relay.
I am constantly inspired by Relay For Life participants and volunteers, and their dedication to the cause.
The money raised at Wonthaggi Relay For Life will help Cancer Council Victoria provide programs including:
– Funding some of Victoria’s brightest researchers and their cutting-edge projects each year to help detect, treat and beat cancer.
– Important prevention programs like PapScreen Victoria, Quit and SunSmart to make sure people have all the information they need to cut their risk of cancer. A particular focus this year is on improving bowel screening rates, with the latest statistic showing that only 41.9 per cent of eligible people in Bass Coast participate. We recommend bowel screening every two years between the ages of 50 and 74.
– Support services including a pro-bono legal assistance service to help those affected by cancer who may be struggling with issues such as wills, early access to superannuation, debt matters, or returning to work.
– Our information and support line, Cancer Council 13 11 20, where qualified cancer nurses give people information and support. I would encourage Bass Coast residents to make use of this service to discuss their cancer-related questions by calling a registered nurse – Cancer Council 13 11 20.
Thank you again to everyone who Relayed and helped continue the fight against cancer.
Special thanks to the State Coal Mine staff and volunteers for your continued support – Cancer Council Victoria values your contribution. Hope Lives in every step we take. Hope Lives in Relay For Life.
Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria.