Relay for Life launched

The 2010 Relay for Life was officially launched in Lismore on Monday night with a screening of the movie Valentine’s Day.

NSW Cancer Council Project co-ordinator Debbie Smith said Relay for Life brings people together to celebrate with survivors of cancer and their carers, to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and to fight back.

“This year in the Northern Rivers area, more than 2000 individuals and their families will be touched by cancer,” Debbie said.

“I urge individuals, families, friends and local businesses to get involved in the fight to defeat cancer – register a team in the Lismore Relay for Life, start fundraising and get ready to be part of a truly wonderful community event.”

The 2008 Lismore Relay for Life raised $80,000 and the committee have set themselves a challenge to raise even more in 2010.

“The money will sponsor vital research in cancer treatment, fund local initiatives such as providing grants to local community organisations for cancer prevention or education related activities, set up a local cancer information service, assist with transport for people to access cancer treatment, support for new and existing cancer support groups and local people whose lives have been touched by cancer,” Debbie said.

The Lismore and Villages Relay for Life will be held at Southern Cross University on May 1.


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