Relay for Life in North West

11 December 2013

Relay for Life in North West

Planning is well underway for Cancer Council Tasmania’s Relay For Life in the North West.

Organising committee chairman Darren Mace said already 54 teams had registered for Relay For Life to be held in Penguin on March 22 and 23.

“Our participants are among the youngest taking part in any Relay For Life in Australia,” Mr Mace.

“More than 50 per cent of people taking part in the North West are aged under 21.

“We have wonderful support from local schools and already nine have signed up for 2014.

“So many people have been affected by cancer and we have had students who have lost a friend to cancer and teachers who have had cancer themselves.

“It is wonderful for people to come together to celebrate life and create hope.”

Mr Mace said he was pleased that the Dial Sporting Complex at Penguin had recently been upgraded.

“There is a new track, canteen and lighting which will be great,” he said.

“We had 100 teams last year and we hope to match that in 2014.”

North West Relay For Life committee members today met Michael Grayling, affectionately known as “Mr Relay” who was diagnosed with cancer 34 years ago and has since walked 19,500 kilometres to raise awareness about the disease.

Cancer Council Tasmania CEO Penny Egan said “Mr Relay”, who has completed 390 Relay For Life events since 1999 was “amazing.”

Mrs Egan urged Tasmanians to get behind next year’s Relay For Life.

Relay For Life events will be held in Hobart and Scottsdale on 1 and 2 March, Smithton on 15 and 16 March, Penguin on 22 and 23 March and Launceston and Huonville on 29 and 30 March.

Anyone wanting to take part or make a donation should go to www.relayforlife.org.au

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