Relay for a Life without cancer

Regular Relay for Life participants and fundraisers Kate Mitchelson and Don Whitelaw plot their strategy for the upcoming Relay for Life at Lismores rugby field on November 4 and 5.

Cancer survivors Kate Mitchelson and Don Whitelaw not only have a common workplace but a common goal of having a cancer-free world for their children.

Kate, 49, who works in the human resources department at Southern Cross University (SCU) and Don, 68, an education teacher at SCU, will both be participating in the Cancer Councils Relay for Life fundraiser on November 4 and 5 at the Lismore rugby fields.

Around 25 sponsored teams of 10-15 people have already registered for the event but more are being sought to take part. In the past two years the relay has raised over $130,000 for cancer research.

The Relay for Life sees cancer survivors and supporters walk, run or wheelchair around the rugby fields to honour the lives of people touched by cancer and raise money at the same time.

Individuals who cannot get a team together but want to take part are encouraged to go along and join a group.

Kate, a member of the SCU team, knows only too well how devastating cancer can be for families her parents both died from it and her brother, sister and husband Kevin are also cancer survivors.

The relay is a great community event where everyone pulls together for a great cause its friendly, happy and lots of fun, she said.

Don, a member of Relay for Lifes organising committee, lost his youngest sister Rosemary to cancer when she was only 25.

All families and friends involved in the relay have or know somebody affected by cancer, so my involvement is to support those suffering cancer and remember those who died, he said. Hopefully one day the funds we raise will help provide a cure.

The highlight of the weekend is a Candlelight Ceremony of Hope at dusk on the Saturday night to honour those people who have lost their battle with cancer.

Businesses or individuals wanting to sponsor teams, take part or donate money should phone John Bancroft on 0427 664 596 or visit the website

The event will be held from 4pm on Saturday through to 10am Sunday, with many participants expected to camp at the field overnight.

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