Overnight relay target set at $320,000

Relay for life committee deputy co-chairwomen Donna Ironmonger and Penny Curtis with past relay Life Spirit award winners Dave Whitehead and Kym De Cinque.
Relay for life committee deputy co-chairwomen Donna Ironmonger and Penny Curtis with past relay Life Spirit award winners Dave Whitehead and Kym De Cinque.

The overnight event, where teams of 10 to 15 take part in a relay-style walk or run at Arena Joondalup to raise funds for the WA Cancer Council, will be held on October 19 and 20.

Mr Pickard, who launched the 2013 event last week and co-chairs the organising committee with Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, said the past five relays at the arena had raised more than $1.3 million for the Cancer Council.

‘We hope to have 100 teams take part in this year’s relay,’ he said. ‘Our fundraising target for 2013 is $320,000.’

WA Cancer Council area officer Linda Malone said the council was working to achieve a cancer-free future for the people of WA.

‘Fifty six per cent of our funding comes from Relay for Life events,’ Ms Malone said. ‘So the Joondalup Wanneroo Relay for Life is a major fundraiser for the council.

‘More than $2.5 million has been awarded in grants for cancer research, while other funds support a variety of programs such as accommodation for country cancer patients, emotional and practical support, education and prevention.

‘If detected early, many cancers can be treated and prevented from becoming life-threatening.’

To register or form a relay team, phone 0497 384 486 or email relayteamsjoondalupwanneroo@gmail.com