TOLOSA Park will echo with the sounds of laughter and movement later this month when the Cancer Council hosts its annual fundraising event, Relay for Life.
Held on 27-28 February, the overnight experience will raise vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services.
Relay for Life state coordinator Nicky Ristrom said the event was a chance for the community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers.
“It is also a chance to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise vital funds to help us support Tasmanian families affected by cancer,” she said.
The 2016 event will kick off with an opening ceremony and a lap of the field by cancer survivors and their carers.
“Anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or cared for someone with cancer is invited to join in this opening lap, whether they are a registered participant in relay or not,” Ms Ristrom said.
“All participants in this lap will receive a sash representing their connection to cancer.
“Survivors and carers are then encouraged to join the committee and Cancer Council staff for an afternoon tea, while thousands of relay participants start walking with their team baton.”
On-stage entertainment will continue into the night, including a variety of food vendors and children’s activities on offer around the grounds.
“Once the sun goes down, the mood will quieten for the luminary ceremony at 8pm, where participants can light a candle in memory of a loved one lost or in support of someone fighting cancer,” Ms Ristrom said.
“It is without a doubt the most moving and heartfelt time during Relay for Life.”
Following a night of walking, participants will be greeted with a warm breakfast, with the final “Fight Back Ceremony” set to take place at 10am.
Ms Ristrom said the ceremony was intended to leave participants knowing they had contributed to the fight against cancer.
“It shows that through minor changes within participants’ lives they can help Cancer Council Tasmania reduce the incidence and impact of cancer on all Tasmanians,” she said.
Relay for Life will be held at Tolosa Park, Glenorchy, from 27-28 February with a 2pm start and 10.30am finish.
To register, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or for more information phone 6212 5700 or email email@example.com.