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Relay For Life this weekend

• Committee members Irene Gale and Claire Buckland read some of the messages of hope left at last year’s Relay.

THE stage is set for another successful Relay For Life event to be held next weekend at Terrill Park in Fish Creek.

Online registrations have now closed but participants can still register at the event next Saturday. Over 300 people have already signed up to walk so far and more than $30,000 has been raised for the Cancer Council.

Teams will be setting up their camps from 12pm with a market taking place between 2pm and 6pm. In addition to an array of food stalls, activities for kids and adults will include mini golf, a mechanical surfboard, giant slide, giant jenga as well as the standard face painting and balloon art.

The official opening of the Relay will be at 3pm as the Carers and Survivors of cancer walk the first lap before relayers take to the track for 18 hours of non-stop walking.

Entertainment will be provided until 11pm by local artists Janie Gordon, Amanda Bier, Geoff Sparkes, The McCrackens, Fabulous Goody Two Shoes, Millee McPhee and the Foster High School Band.

The Candlelight ceremony will start at 8pm as we pay tribute to those who have fought or are still fighting their battle with cancer. The placement of candle-bags around the walking track in honour of past and present sufferers is an inspiring tribute as the candles continue to burn throughout the night and light the way for those walkers doing the nightshift.

Walkers will be treated to a free breakfast before the Relay winds up at 9am.

This will be Fish Creek’s last Relay as it moves on to another town in South GIppsland for the next three years. Last year the local group raised more than $78,000 and received an award from the Cancer Council for its outstanding effort for a small country town.

In the South Gippsland Shire, nearly two hundred people are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year; the Relay is undertaken to provide funds for valuable research to lessen the incidence of this life-shortening disease.

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