Port Lincoln Relay for Life has 60 registered

The Port Lincoln Relay for Life is less than a month away with 60 participants signed up.

The relay event, which raises money for Cancer Council SA programs and support services as well as cancer research, is set to take place at Poole Oval beginning on October 20 at 2pm.

Cancer Council SA relationship officer Aaron Tannahill said the event currently had five registered teams with 60 total participants, aiming to raise $25,000 through the event.

“We are excited to have a dedicated group of residents from Port Lincoln and surrounding communities who have registered to join the Relay for Life movement and take part in the Port Lincoln Relay for Life,” he said.

“Relay (for Life) is such a great event and once again we have some truly remarkable people coming together to take part and fundraise, ranging in age from 10 to 85.”

One participant who is taking part this year is Tumby Bay Area School student Mia Coles, who is entering her first Relay for Life as a part of the team ‘Tumby Baywatch’.

Mia said her family had personal experience with cancer, she lost a grandfather to cancer when she was 12 and her other grandfather was currently battling cancer and her grandmother had a mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

She said the team was raising money through a coloured clothes day at the school on September 28, as well as selling cupcakes on the day and was collecting funds through donation boxes.

“It’s been really good, I’m really excited for the night,” she said.

“The walking is supposed to represent someone battling cancer, it’s exciting to see how well we’ll do and how everyone else does.”

Mia is a part of a team of eight people, including her friend Rachel Berryman who has taken part in the Relay for Life before.

Rachel said her own family has experienced cancer, she has lost a grandfather to the disease and her mother’s side had a history of bowel cancer.

“I’ve done Relay for Life before and I’m happy to be a part of it again.”

Mr Tannahill said it was not too late for people to register a team for this year’s relay, and could do so by visiting the Relay for Life website.

“Cancer touches everyone in some way or another and it’s important that as a community we do all we can to show our support and raise money,” he said.