THE City of Joondalup has a sister city relationship with Jinan in the People’s Republic of China. The two cities enjoy cultural exchanges and have maintained a steady relationship since 2004.
But now the WA Cancer Council’s Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life organising committee has formed a unique sister community relationship with the Beveren Relay for Life organising committee, in Belgium, perhaps a first in the international fight against cancer.
The initiative came from the Beveren Relay for Life committee, when committee member Philip, while browsing the internet, discovered the Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life was to be held on the October 22-23 weekend; the same day as Beveren’s Relay for Life.
Philip made contact and the two cancer fighting committees exchanged ideas and resolved to keep in touch with international crossovers by Skype and phone during their respective relays.
Beveren is a village near Antwerp and over the Relay for Life weekend will field more than 5000 participants in its fight against cancer. Philip says another 10,000 will watch from the sidelines.