Relay For Life Co-ordinator Sara Morley and Purple Packers team captain Peter Tierney are ready for Relay for Life.
Relay For Life Co-ordinator Sara Morley and Purple Packers team captain Peter Tierney are ready for Relay for Life. Renee Pilcher

Seeing purple for a good cause

IF YOU were seeing purple yesterday it was for a good cause.

Relay For Life team, the Purple Packers from Nestle, were in Memorial Park holding a morning tea to raise money for the fight against cancer.

Team captain Peter Tierney said this was the second year the Purple Packers had entered the relay and this year they stepped up their involvement.

“Our awareness of the fight against cancer was heightened last year,” he said.

“Most of the team members have been affected by cancer one way or the other.”

So far 21 teams have signed up in Gympie to take part in one of the Cancer Council’s biggest fundraising events.

Organisers hope to register more than 30 teams and raise more than $30,000 at this year’s Relay. This year the Queensland Cancer Council celebrates its 50th Anniversary of supporting Queenslanders affected by cancer.

Yesterday Gympie turned purple – Queensland’s official Relay For Life colour – to help launch a team recruitment drive.

Team registration costs $15 per adult and $11 per child under 18; all participants will receive a Relay For Life T-shirt on registration.

Relay For Life Co-ordinator Sara Morley said support for the Relay from the local community had been growing every year.

“Relay is fast becoming one of our region’s biggest annual community events and we hope community support for the event continues to grow this year and beyond,” Ms Morely said.

Relay For Life is a state-wide event involving teams of 10 to 15 people walking around a track overnight for 18 hours, to celebrate cancer survival and raise funds for Queensland cancer patients.

It is also an opportunity for the whole community to remember loved ones lost to cancer, celebrate our community’s cancer survivors and fight back against a disease that takes too much.

To register your team, visit http://www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85. The 2011 Gympie Relay For Life will be held on October 29-30 at One Mile.

Gympie Times


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