Jumping for life was Kiara Norton, Cherie Walker, Lindy Durant and Tenielle Stubbs at the Relay For Life held the Coffs Coast Leisure Park. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate
Jumping for life was Kiara Norton, Cherie Walker, Lindy Durant and Tenielle Stubbs at the Relay For Life held the Coffs Coast Leisure Park. Photo: Leigh Jensen / Coffs Coast Advocate Leigh Jensen

Relay for Life a walk with hope

IT'S time to have some fun, go around in circles and raise dollars for cancer research.

Relay for Life has become one of the most embraced community events on the Coffs Coast calendar with groups, individuals, schools and businesses all fielding teams.

Every dollar raised at the Coffs Coast Relay For Life helps Cancer Council NSW to fund vital research and support services, aiding those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment.

SIGN OF HOPE: Relay for Life Coffs Coast will be held on Saturday, May 23, at the Coffs Harbour Showground.
SIGN OF HOPE: Relay for Life Coffs Coast will be held on Saturday, May 23, at the Coffs Harbour Showground.

Now in its 13th year, Coffs Coast Relay for Life, the overnight festival-like event organised by dedicated community members, is the place for participants to join forces to show cancer, its treatments and its cures are not beyond us.

There are two main ceremonies, the Survivors and Carers walk that starts the relay and the emotionally charged Candlelight Ceremony of Hope.

As dusk descends beautiful messages on candle bags illuminate the way as friends and family walk a lap while sharing their affirmation of hope and remembrance during the Candlelight Ceremony of Hope.

"Relay is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community, to honour cancer survivors and raise awareness about the steps we can take to reduce our risk of cancer," Cancer Council's Pippa Tabone said.

"Relayers are passionate, bringing a spirit and energy to the event while celebrating their own survival or that of friends and family.

"Join a Relay team today or start your own and help turn this walk into a victory lap against cancer."

Each year's fundraising goes to the Cancer Council for research across all cancers and all stages of the cancer journey, annually more than $14 million.

Research has transformed the cancer story in recent decades; more effective treatments, improved diagnostics and prevention screening have contributed to an increase in survival rates.

To register go to fund raising.cancer.org.au/coffs coast2015 or contact Pippa, 6659 8402 or email: pippa. tabone@nswcc.org.au.