Hawthorn players support Relay For Life participants

22 February 2014

A group of players from the Hawthorn Football Club joined Relay For Life participants in Launceston tonight to support their efforts in the event.

Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan thanked the Hawthorn players for making time in their busy schedule to attend the family fun event.

“Tasmanians are very proud of the Hawks and I am overwhelmed that they are supporting our amazing and energetic teams who are taking part in Relay For Life,” Mrs Egan said.

“Relay For Life is about celebrating our survivors and carers, remembering loved ones that we have lost and fighting back against cancer.

“I am delighted that the Hawks players were able to make time to join our Relay participants to do some practice laps, sign autographs and be in some photos.

“It was a wonderful gesture and one that was much appreciated.”

Relay For Life team captain, Tammy Spanton, of Launceston who is taking part in her first Relay For Life to honour her sister-in-law who died from cancer last year, was excited to take her children to meet their Hawk heroes.

“My two older children, Jacob, 7, and Michala, 5, were elated to meet the Hawks players,” Mrs Spanton said.

“My son Jacob knows how important it is to raise money for cancer and recently he put some money in a donation box which he had taken out of his own money box.

“My sister in law Tahlia was only 26 when she died from a rare cancer last October that has affected only seven people in Australia.

“Her baby daughter was 10 weeks old when she was diagnosed and is 20 months old now so we know what families go through after a cancer diagnosis.

“We are doing Relay to honour Tahlia’s memory.

“We will do it every year now and are already talking about and planning fundraising events for next year’s Relay.

“I hope as many Tasmanians as possible will support Relay For Life by taking part or making a donation.”

Mrs Egan said Relay For Life was the biggest fundraiser for Cancer Council Tasmania and it was hoped it would raise more than $1 million from the six relays in Hobart, Launceston, Huon Valley, Dorset, Circular Head and North West.

“Cancer Council Tasmania is not funded by the Government.

“We rely on public funding for more than 90 per cent of our income.

“The money raised from our Relay For Life events stays in Tasmania and helps us provide a range of support services, education and research.”

Anyone wanting to register for Relay For Life in Launceston on March 29 and 30 should go to www.relayforlife.org.au

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