Tasmanians urged to support Relay For Life

23 February 2014

Tasmanian actor and entertainer John Xintavelonis today urged Tasmanians to support Cancer Council Tasmania’s annual Relay For Life.

Mr Xintavelonis will take part in the Hobart Relay For Life on 1 and 2 March.

“Cancer touches everybody,” he said.

“We have all had friends and family die from cancer.

“I have lost people who supported me in the theatre and it is very sad and distressing and we need to do all we can to fight back against cancer.

“Even if you don’t take part in Relay For Life you can support others by turning up to cheer people on and also by making a donation to any friends, relatives or colleagues.”

CCT CEO Penny Egan said the 24 hour event would start at 2pm on Saturday.

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

“Our first lap is dedicated to survivors and carers and you don’t have to be taking part in a relay to be part of that lap.

“We will hold a very moving candle-light ceremony on Saturday night to pay tribute to those who had lost their lives to cancer, while a fight back ceremony would be held on Sunday morning when people make a resolution to lead healthier lives.”

She 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.”

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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