GDSC gets behind Relay for Life
GRAFTON District Services Club has come forward as a major sponsor for this year's Clarence Valley Relay for Life, raising funds for the fight against cancer.
GDSC general manager Arthur Lysaught yesterday presented representatives of the relay organising committee with a cheque for $890, which will be used to defray site costs associated with staging the relay.
The sponsorship will cover items such as electricity charges, equipment hire, power generation and stage construction.
An organising committee spokesman said the services club gift, plus other generous commercial and private sponsorships, would cover all the basic costs involved in staging the relay in Grafton, leaving the full amount raised in the 24-hour event to be directed to cancer research and support services.
Chair of the organising committee, Denise Hyde, said the relay promised a fun-filled family weekend, providing an opportunity for community members to support those who have survived or are battling cancer and help raise vital funds to continue research and support projects.
She said Australia was a world leader in cancer research and that good work could only continue with ongoing government and public funding.
"We urge everyone to come along, support the relay participants and enjoy the packed family-friendly program of entertainment we have lined up," Ms Hyde said.
The relay kicks off with a survivors and carers' lap of honour at 10am tomorrow, and walkers will be on the track at Jabour Park South Grafton, for 24 hours until the final lap at 10am Sunday.
A highlight will be the candlelit Ceremony of Hope at dusk on Saturday, honouring those who are battling cancer and remembering those who have lost their battle with the disease.