Picking up the baton

Relay for Life entrants (from left) Donna Gordin, Madison Sollitt, Kelly Paris and Ashleigh Webber lay down the challenge.
Relay for Life entrants (from left) Donna Gordin, Madison Sollitt, Kelly Paris and Ashleigh Webber lay down the challenge.

It has already attracted 30 teams that will walk for 24 hours from 11am on April 13 to raise funds for cancer research.

Cancer survivor and Rockingham City councillor Lorraine Dunkling and Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams will officially start the relay, which has been in the making since last year.

Angela Ryan, chairwoman of the organising committee, said it was about time locals could get involved with the world’s biggest fundraising event for cancer without having to travel out of the area.

‘Since 2001, Relay for Life has raised $13.5 million for Cancer Council WA. The event is just a month away now so it’s the time to get your team together and start the fundraising activities,’ she said.

Lark Hill will be transformed into a small city as teams pitch their tents and support each other in the marathon event. Singers, bands and celebrity appearances will keep participants entertained and motivated throughout the day and night.

Cancer survivors and carers will be honoured in the first lap of the relay before being joined by all of the teams.

The word ‘hope’ will be illuminated at Lark Hill as candles are lit to remember relatives and friends lost to cancer.

Teams can register until March 31 by calling teams co-ordinator Liz Jackson on 0409 291 279.