On behalf of Cancer Council Victoria, I would like to sincerely thank the community of South Gippsland and surrounding areas for supporting the recent South Gippsland Relay For Life.
More than 370 participants relayed from Saturday, March 17 in 20 teams, walking overnight to celebrate, remember and fight back for those who have been affected by cancer in South Gippsland.
During the relay, there was laughter, tears and no doubt, a few sore feet. But the strength shown by local community members was a public display of support for anyone in South Gippsland with a cancer experience.
So far, more than $43,500 has been raised by South Gippsland relayers, which will help fund Cancer Council Victoria’s support, prevention and research programs.
The money raised at South Gippsland Relay For Life will help Cancer Council Victoria continue to provide programs, including some that will help the 228 locals from South Gippsland diagnosed with cancer every year, such as:
– Funding some of Victoria’s brightest researchers and their cutting-edge projects each year to help detect, treat and fight cancer.
– Important prevention programs like cancer screening education, Quit Victoria, SunSmart and LiveLighter to make sure people have all the information they need to cut their risk of cancer.
One third of cancers can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices, so it is important that every community in Victoria is educated on the risks associated with smoking, excessive drinking, poor diet and inactivity.
– Support services including our wig service, Holiday Break program and information and support line, Cancer Council 13 11 20. Qualified cancer nurses can answer question people may have about cancer, and can also connect callers with cancer support groups and other community resources.
Thank you again to everyone who relayed and helped continue the fight against cancer. We will see you at the South Gippsland Relay For Life event in 2019!
Todd Harper, CEO, Cancer Council Victoria.