10th Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life raises more than $287,000

Stacey Johnson of the One Step, Two Step team with the Relay Bear.
Stacey Johnson of the One Step, Two Step team with the Relay Bear.

A SUCCESSFUL 10th anniversary Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life was held last weekend at Arena Joondalup, when, despite the downturn in the WA economy, more than $287,000 was raised to assist the WA Cancer Council with its world class research and support program.

Over its 10-year life, the relay has raised more than $3 million to help the Cancer Council in its fight against cancer.

Julie-Ann Walsh (at left) with her Best Fancy Dress team the Bobby Dazzlers.
Ballajura Girl Guides Leaders Mandie Cuevas and Julie Sanford.

The local relay is now considered the Cancer Council’s best organised in the country, with its management style the go-to template for other Relay for Life events nationwide.

About 100 teams took part over the 24-hour overnight event, with total funds raised, reflecting weeks and months of fundraising, culminating over the weekend.

City of Joondalup Pink Ladies team raised the most funds by a corporate team.
Alana Dooley from the Warwick Nines Team with ECU Occupational Therapy students Max Ryding and Michael Paxton.
Eddie Pozarowszczyk jogged and walked 100 laps around the arena.

Teams and individuals who made outstanding contributions were acknowledged by the organising committee, and some of these include:

– The Tammy Wilkins Spirit of Relay Award went to Julie-Ann Walsh, captain of the Bobby Dazzlers team. Her team also took out, The Best Fancy Dress Team Award and the Highest Funds raised by a Community Team Award.
– Highest Funds raised by a Corporate Team went to the City of Joondalup’s Pink Ladies Team for the fifth year in a row.

City of Wanneroo Team members (COW) Nyssa Searles, Anne Welsby and Kerrin Leavesley in costume.
Dame Edna Sisters team members Trish Head, Tracy Frankland, Kim Merkl, Judy McGeown, Daryl Merkl and Lynn Parkinson.
Kingsway Christian College Team won the Rule the Schools award.

– The Rule the Schools Highest Funds raised by a school team was won by Kingsway Christian College. The team also won the Best Decorated Tent Site with a Survivor theme.
– Best SunSmart tent site was won by the Purple Pirates Team.
– Highest number of laps around the arena by a team over 24 hours was won by St Joseph’s College with 698 laps.
– Another 130 individuals joined the Girls with Hearts 100 Club this year, with each person clocking up a minimum of 100 laps walked or run around the arena in 24 hours.

The last lap of the weekend’s Relay for Life at Joondalup.
Happy Soles Team members Elaine Adamson with daughter Sienna, Cassie Jackson, Sophie Earley (8) and Jake Adamson (4).
North Metropolitan Tafe students Chloe Lee and Emily Khemmalai ready to serve breakfast to 1000 hungry relayers.

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