THE benefits of pulling a team together for Cancer Council Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo became apparent from the outset when speaking with Kym De Cinque.
Kym had heard about the event on the news almost 10 years ago, and signed up with friends and co-captains Jodie Coleman-Brown and Kelly Brabazon.
The girls then recruited other good friends to form their team – ‘Girls With Heart’.
“We commenced Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo in 2008 to make a difference in the lives of cancer sufferers,” Kym said.
“What we didn’t realise was that we would inherit an entire family within this community event. The commitment and dedication from the organising committee is both inspiring and a credit to them all. They never seem to stop. This motivates us all to aim higher each year.”
“Not only do we help change the lives of others, Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo has changed our own lives by being part of this truly wonderful event.”
Girls with Heart never miss a Relay. Kym, Kelly and Jodie were part of the inaugural Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo event in 2008.
The trio had completed two Relays with their team when Jodie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Jodie completed two more events before losing her fight to cancer in 2012.
“Jodie is always in our thoughts around the time of Relay as she was such an important part of our team,” Kym said.
“She was such a motivated, enthusiastic person and an extremely good friend to us all.
“We have shed many a tear at Relay, however, Jodie was so full of life she made it easy for us to remember the good times with her.”
The team has since swelled to about 20 friends, and they have started initiatives to raise more money for people fighting cancer.
“We introduced the lap-counter, as a fundraiser at the event,” she said.
“Participants purchase a neck cord and each time they complete a lap of the track they add a coloured bead to the cord.
“This event means so much to us – it’s just fabulous.
“It’s like being on school camp – everyone watches out for each other and are very respectful of one another.
“We have a great camaraderie within our team and truly feel very blessed to be part of this wonderful event.”
Relay For Life deputy chairperson Donna Ironmonger said the 10th Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo was shaping as the biggest yet, and encouraged teams to get involved.
“We’re looking to break the $3 million mark over the weekend of 21-22 October at HBF Arena,” she said.
“Teams of 10-17 people spend the year fundraising for cancer research and services, and Relay For Life provides the opportunity to celebrate all their hard work.
“Our event offers a unique opportunity for everyone in the community to unite in the fight against cancer.
“Participants, visitors and volunteers alike enjoy the carnival atmosphere created by teams camping out, getting into fancy dress, decorating their tents and keeping their chosen baton on the track for 24 hours.
“Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo is all about participation, families, friends, colleagues, loved ones and uniting the community for a common cause in the hope for a cancer free future.”
To register for Relay For Life Joondalup Wanneroo, click here.