All systems go for Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life


Cancer Survivor Amanda Chila is surrounded by other Relay for Life organising committee members at Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup.
Cancer Survivor Amanda Chila is surrounded by other Relay for Life organising committee members at Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup.

The WA Cancer Council’s 2016 Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life will be held at Arena Joondalup over the October 22-23 weekend.

The relay is a 24-hour fundraising event where teams of 10 to 15 take part with at least one member from each team walking or running around the arena over the 24 hours, signifying cancer never sleeps.

Funds raised in the lead-up to the relay and over the weekend event will assist the council with its cancer research and support programs.

And to help mobilise the army of teams, supporters and helpers who will take part in the October relay, the organising committee is already up and running.

Most committee members have served for several years, but among the new faces is cancer survivor Amanda Chila, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.

After a long road to recovery Amanda was feeling fit and well and enjoying being back at work, but now she has a new tumour.

However, Amanda remains upbeat. “I will have surgery to remove the tumour shortly and will have a clearer idea where I am at in about a month,” she said. “I want to get fit and well and help others fight cancer, through Relay for Life.”

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard, who co-chairs the committee with Wanneroo counterpart Tracey Roberts, said 44 teams had already signed up and started fundraising, but many more were needed.

“We get our inspiration from people like Amanda,” he said.

“Last year the Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life raised more than $340,000, but this year we are hoping to raise $352,000. For more information forming a team, call 0417 922 726 or email relayforlifejoondalupwanneroo@gmail.com.