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THE 2014 South Gippsland Relay For Life committee and teams would like to thank the businesses and communities of South Gippsland for supporting the Relay for Life event on March 29 and 30 at the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve. It was, for all involved, a wonderful and inspiring occasion.

A highlight of this Relay was the aerial photo of Relay participants spelling out the word HOPE, captured in a fly-over by Michael Malone and photographer Peter Marshman.

Special thanks go to Michael’s Supa IGA, for their ongoing support of Leongatha Lions Club, who provided the event catering. Organisers would also like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the Dumbalk Recreation Reserve and the Tarwin Valley Campdraft, businesses, volunteers and performers from across southern Gippsland and the generous promotional opportunities offered by the Foster Mirror, The Great Southern Star, the South Gippsland Sentinel Times and 3TR.

The Leongatha Paint the Town Purple event in February drew a terrific response from businesses, with purple window decorations popping up everywhere.

Over the weekend 269 registered participants gathered from all over South Gippsland, with new teams, including the Wii get fit for Harper team and the Leongatha Lightning teams, adding a new energy to the event alongside teams from previous Relays, including the Mexican Hat, Scouts and Mixed Bunch teams.

“Without the support of all these fantastic people the South Gippsland Relay For Life Relay at Dumbalk would not have been the success it was,” said Walter Aich, Chair of the 2014 South Gippsland Relay For Life Committee.

People wishing to draw inspiration from the Relay can visit the Facebook page and view the photos posted by Carmel Trease, event photographer and committee member.

The Relay has to date raised nearly $19,000, a tremendous effort, especially as planning and publicity for the event did not really get underway until the New Year. The Mexican Hat and Wii get fit for Harper teams were the most successful fundraisers.

The South Gippsland Relay For Life Committee would like to thank all businesses and individuals who supported teams and the overall fund raising effort.

Mr Aich issued a reminder that fundraising stays open for four weeks after the Relay. “It’s not too late to contribute to your favourite team,” he said.

The 2015 South Gippsland Relay For Life will be held in autumn next year; venue and dates to be confirmed. As the tenth to be held in South Gippsland, the theme for the Relay will be Ten Years Ten Towns.

“We will be looking for at least one team from at least ten towns across South Gippsland,” said Mr Aich. “The South Gippsland Relay For Life committee is delighted to see that four teams from Leongatha, Dumbalk and Meeniyan have already registered for the 2015 South Gippsland Relay For Life.”

Mr Aich wishes to remind people that teams raising more than $5,000 qualify for a Research Award and are able to negotiate with Cancer Council Victoria which research project their funds will support.

Entering a team for 2015 is easy. Contact Walter Aich on 01419 559 367 or go to the Relay For Life website ( and follow the register links.


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