Youth take their mark for 24-hour cancer relay

Prendiville Catholic College teacher Paddy Devlin and his young ‘army’.
Prendiville Catholic College teacher Paddy Devlin and his young ‘army’.

More than 100 students, headed by science teacher Paddy Devlin who won the event’s Spirit of Relay Award last year, will take part in the relay at Arena Joondalup in October.

The overnight event is the Cancer Council’s major fundraiser in the northern suburbs. Teams walk or run around the arena in relays for 24 hours, signifying cancer never sleeps.

‘Prendiville Catholic College has been doing relays for 10 years, the last six at Joondalup.’ Mr Devlin said.

‘Earlier in the year we sent out letters to parents advising we wanted to form teams again for this year’s relay; so far more than 100 have responded positively.

‘We will probably have seven teams of about 17.

‘The kids are highly motivated and take on the challenge of fundraising seriously.

‘They raise money in different ways including through lap sponsorships.’

Four team captains ” Callum, Katy, Emma and Ashleigh ” have taken part in previous relays.

‘I think relays for life are good for two reasons,’ Callum said. ‘It helps people with cancer and we get together and meet other people in the community.’

Katy, Emma and Ashleigh have all lost friends or relatives to cancer.

They agreed relays were fun. ‘But they also give us the opportunity to remember those who have died,’ Ashleigh said.

‘I think about my nanna and by taking part we can show our support for all cancer sufferers.’

For those interested in registering or forming a relay for life call 0497 384 486 or email