Port Lincoln Relay for Life

IT was so windy on Saturday that even the tongs at our Port Lincoln Times Relay for Life fundraising barbecue were blowing away.

Someone was kind enough to drop an official banner down to sales representative Kerry Torr and I, but there was no way the thing was going to stay up.

Even getting the barbecue to stay lit was difficult, as the wind kept blowing the flames out.

But eventually, with a bit of planning, we worked out how to beat the wind, and we were cooking.

It was a similar story across cricket pitches and softball games across the EP, with that wind playing havoc with batters, bowlers, pitchers and fielders alike.

But battle on, they did, living to tell the tale in our sports pages today. Kudos to all those who braved the elements.

There are now just four days left until Port Lincoln’s Relay for Life event kicks off at Poole Oval on Saturday.

There are 21 teams registered, with more than $65,000 raised from the event in a bid to find a cure for cancer.

This figure has well and truly smashed the committee’s target of $45,000, with more money still to be banked.

It is the first time Port Lincoln Times has had a relay team for many years, and indeed, this is the first time many in our (admittedly small) team have taken part in a Relay for Life event.

But it’s one we’re all looking forward to.

Talk of bejewelled bras, letterboxes and team songs is all going a bit over my head at the moment, but I’m sure that by Saturday, it will all begin to make sense.

While I haven’t attended a relay event before, I’ve certainly written about my fair share of them, and some of the more poignant stories of love and loss that go with “that bastard disease,” cancer.

I know that the candlelight ceremony is special, and look forward to taking part and remembering my own grandfather, who lost his battle to a rare form of skin cancer in 1998.

RELAY: Port Lincoln Times sales representative Kerry Torr and editor Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie.

RELAY: Port Lincoln Times sales representative Kerry Torr and editor Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie.

Let’s just hope the elements are kind to us come Saturday and the early hours of Sunday morning.

On the other hand, if Port Lincoln is subject to another power outage, a tent city, replete with candles, food and barbecues is probably just the place to be. 

Kaitlyn Fasso-Opie, Port Lincoln Times editor