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Relay for Life

The 2016 South Gippsland Relay For Life kicks off this coming weekend at Fish Creek with the opening ceremony at 3 pm at Terrill Park on Saturday. Survivors and carers will lead the first lap of the relay before teams take to the track to spend 18 hours playing tag to finish off an amazing fundraising campaign. Chairperson, Irene Gale, has announced that this year’s teams have already reached the target for fundraising before the relay has even begun, which is quite an unusual occurrence. She is looking forward to seeing what the final fundraising total will be after the weekend.

Dr Sarah White, the Director of QUIT Victoria, will introduce the Fightback hour, dedicated to providing information about lifestyle changes we can all make to help prevent cancer.

As dusk settles, members of the public will be invited to light candles in special bags and decorate them with messages before laying them out along the inside of the track at the start of the Candlelight Ceremony. This is a time to remember those we have lost to cancer, but also to show support for those living with it.

Between 3:15 and 6pm, teams will operate a mini market to sell their wares. There will also be a lot of activities on the oval including mini golf, hair braiding and face painting, mechanical bucking bull, temporary tattoos, balloon art and a kids’ play area. Entertainment throughout the relay will be provided by locals Andrew Hayward-Bannister, Kate Facey, Soul Purpose, The McCrackens and The Fabulous Goody Two Shoes.

Free massages will be available to walkers to keep them going and there will be a range of food stalls operating, barista coffee and a free continental breakfast for all walkers.

Throughout the early hours of the morning, a range of activities will keep teams wide awake as they try to keep a beach ball in the air for a lap, complete a scavenger hunt and blow bubbles all the way around the track. An energetic Zumba session will have everyone wide-eyed at 7 am before the event winds down to a close at 9am.

Members of the public are welcome to come along and participate in the activities. People can register on the day if they wish to join a team and do some laps. Further details can be obtained by contacting Irene on 0428 391 495 or check out our website at https://www.facebook.com/SouthGippslandRelayForLife

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