2016 Rocky Relay for Life bigger and better than ever before
Organisers of Rockhampton Relay For Life are preparing to raise the bar in the fight against cancer next year, in an effort to reach out and support more locals affected by cancer.
Registrations are now open for Cancer Council Queensland's 2016 Rockhampton Relay For Life, set to be held on May 14-15 at Colts Rugby Union Oval.
Along with the brand new location, Talitha Dodson and Robert Rooney have taken on the role as co-chairpersons, bringing new vision to the annual event.
Mr Rooney said they were honoured to chair the committee and encouraged the community to get behind the inspirational event.
"Our goal is to make 2016 bigger and better than ever before and build on the excellent work of the committees that have come before us," Mr Rooney said.
"I'd encourage locals to get involved because funds raised support prevention and education programs, support services and cancer research in Queensland and our community. Relay also offers hope and a supportive environment that so many cancer patients, carers, survivors, affected friends and families, in our community need."
Ms Dodson said Relay also raised awareness of the importance of getting active and leading a healthy lifestyle.
"For 2016 we hope to put a focus on cancer prevention and look at what we can do to reduce our risk of cancer through things like exercise and diet," Ms Dodson said.
"Rockhampton Relay already has such a strong support base but this year we're hoping even more people will unite, register a team, and join the fight to beat cancer."
Rockhampton Relay For Life will see teams keep a baton moving in a relay style walk or run for 18 hours overnight, in support of an estimated 25,000 Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year.
Cancer Council Queensland Relay For Life Coordinator Ashlee Hansen commended the community for their ongoing support of Relay and generosity to the cause.
"Getting involved might only seem like a small way to make an impact, but your contribution makes a lasting difference to locals touched by the disease," Ms Hansen said.
"Community action saves lives. In 2015, Queensland Relay For Life events raised more than $3.4 million which will help fun extensive life-saving cancer research, develop vital prevention programs and provide localised patient support services.
"There are so many great ways to get involved in Relay, from joining the committee, to registering a team, or even volunteering for a few hours."
To register a team, volunteer or find out more, visit www.relayforlife.org.au or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85.
Early bird registrations are $20 per person and close three months prior to the event. After that, registrations will be $30 per person or $40 on the day.
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via 13 11 20 or www.cancerqld.org.au.