Relay for Life kicks off for 2015

Preparations are well under way for this years Wangaratta Relay for Life event scheduled for the last weekend in September. I've taken on the volunteer chair role replacing Barb Thomas who has held the role for the past four years.

I'm pleased to be taking over the reins and looking forward to helping ensure Wangaratta hosts another successful Relay for Life.

It's an honour to be part of Relay for Life, it's an important and well-respected local event which raises significant funds for the Cancer Council. I've been looking for a way to contribute at a community level and, like everyone who participates in Relay, it's great to play a role helping the fight against cancer.

Barb has done a fabulous job organising the event over the past few years and the committee and I thank her for not just the contribution she's already made, but for sticking around and staying on this year's committee and working with us to ensure this year's Relay will be bigger and better than ever. Thanks to Barb a lot of the ground work's already been done.

Last year the event raised more than $70K for the Cancer Council and this year an ambitious target of $85K has been set.

Relay for Life is a fun and moving experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council's research, prevention and support services. The Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer. 

Last year almost 500 people got involved and our organising committee is encouraging locals to form their own team or to join another team and take part in what's planned to be a fun weekend. 

Teams of 10­–15, which are headed up by a team captain, get together and fundraise year-round. Everyone then meets at the Relay to celebrate the amazing fundraising achievements of the past year. 

Teams participate in a relay-style walk or run, challenging themselves to stay on the track overnight. Each event is unique and you can stay for the whole event and camp overnight, enjoy the fun activities and attend the moving ceremonies that make Relay For Life so special.

If you're interested in participating please register at or contact the local committee via their Facebook page

Thank you to the Wangaratta Chronicle for the great photo, read the accompanying article here.