PORT Lincoln’s biennial Relay for Life is on this year and while some teams have already started their fundraising plans, others are probably yet to register.
The last Relay for Life was held in 2016 with 21 teams participating and more than $93,000 raised for Cancer Council SA.
Events like these are only successful with the support of the local community, so in order for this feat to be replicated, people need to start getting their teams together and coming up with fundraising ideas.
It’s great to see at least one team is already busy with fundraising ideas and are looking forward to this year’s event.
Dave and Misty Delaine (pictured) are part of the team ‘We Walk as One’ and said they loved the camaraderie showed amongst team members and teams, who were all coming together for one purpose.
The Relay for Life is more than people doing laps around an oval for hours on end.
It’s about celebrating life for those who are fighting cancer on a daily basis, remembering those who lost their fight and are no longer with us, and raising funds to help fight back against cancer.
However in order to help this fight back continue, the community will need to get behind efforts such as Relay for Life.
The more than $93,000 raised in 2016 went towards Cancer Council SA initiatives such as the Flinders and Greenhill Cancer Council lodges that provided a place to stay for regional South Australians coming to the city for cancer treatment.
Many of these people come from the Eyre Peninsula.
It is always hard to get started organising things like putting a team together and coming up with fundraising ideas but the pay-off is worth it.
However, more often than not, these types of fundraising events seem to dwindle rather than grow so it is great to see there are teams like We Walk as One, who make the effort to participate each time.
It would be a shame for the relay to fall by the wayside because this fundraiser is a real contributor to the accommodation local people are using when getting cancer treatment.
Many who use the lodges say how supportive and convenient they are so it would be a shame for the region’s contribution to drop.