31 October 2013
Thousands of South Australians are fighting back against cancer, by taking part in Relay For Life events this season.
Teams from all over South Australia have been busy throughout the year fundraising for their local Relay For Life, ahead of the season launch this month.
This outdoor, active, community event celebrates the courage of locals personally impacted by cancer, their carers and families, as well as celebrating the lives and courage of those who lost their fight.
Teams of 10 to 15 people camp out overnight while taking turns to keep a baton moving around an oval or track for 19 hours. The energy at a Relay for Life is fantastic with most teams choosing a theme and dressing up their campsite and themselves. The event is held overnight to symbolise cancer never sleeps.
Gary David, who has beaten cancers in his tonsils, throat, back and brain, is just one of the many people getting ready to relay. He is encouraging other survivors and their carers to take up the challenge, which raises money for Cancer Council SA’s research, prevention and support services.
“When I was first told I had cancer, I literally passed out,” Mr David says. “It was the fear of the disease – not the disease itself – that caused the panic.”
Now cancer free, Mr David wants to help others who need support.
“Hearing ‘you’ve got cancer’ doesn’t have to be a death sentence. With advances in treatment, it doesn’t always mean the worst.”
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Professor Brenda Wilson says taking part in Relay For Life is a rewarding experience.
“Relay For Life gives all South Australians an active, fun and rewarding opportunity to fight back against cancer,” Professor Wilson says.
“This is hope in action; a show of force to demonstrate that together we can beat this disease. We have already seen scores of teams register for events across the state. The next few months are exciting as we see a flurry of last minute registrations from people eager to get onboard and experience the energy of this rewarding and uplifting event.”
Each unique event features a wonderful candlelight ceremony at dusk to remember loved ones lost to cancer, show support for those fighting cancer and focus on hope for a future without cancer.
For more information or to register your own team, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.