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Cashing in for cancer

TAKE YOUR MARKS: Grafton Relay for Life organisers (from left) chair Rosemary Munro, Debbie Brookes and Graeme Hicks prepare McKittrick Park for tomorrow’s big event. Photo: JoJo Newby
TAKE YOUR MARKS: Grafton Relay for Life organisers (from left) chair Rosemary Munro, Debbie Brookes and Graeme Hicks prepare McKittrick Park for tomorrow’s big event. Photo: JoJo Newby

RAW statistics leading up to tomorrow's Grafton Relay for Life tell the story of the area's generosity and determination against one of the world's biggest killers - cancer.

There are 1179 registered participants across 108 teams, near double the 2010 effort of 640 participants over 53 teams.

Financially, the 15-strong committee has already banked $79,000 for the Cancer Council, eclipsing the 2010 total of $67,000.

The committee itself, all of whom have had cancer come all too close to their lives, have raised $10,300.

Based on her first run in the job in 2010, Grafton Relay For Life chair Rosemary Munro said another $17,000-$20,000 could be raised tomorrow.

But none of this has happened overnight, Ms Munro said.

The committee has been working on the project for more than 12 months and officially launched the relay campaign last July.

Regardless of the tireless work of the committee though, if the general community had not come on board with their own fundraisers such as garage sales, dinners and morning teas, the event would be nowhere near its size, Ms Munro said.

If she was a CEO on a public company, Mrs Munro may be entitled to some serious bonuses for her efforts.

Grafton Relay For Life

McKittrick Park, South Grafton

Saturday/Sunday

Edited program (see full program here)

3.00pm - Opening Ceremony

3.30pm - Carers Walk + entertainment.

4.00pm - Children activities

5.00pm - Grafton Fittest Person (registration)

6.00pm-8.00pm - Various entertainment

8.00pm - Candlelight Ceremony of Hope + Earth Hour

9.00pm - Entertainment

2.00am - Lost Hour Pyjama Party

6.00 - 7.00am - Fun run then free brekky

9am - Closing Ceremony

Topics:  fundraiser, relay for life


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