Relay for life issues challenge
By SALLY GORDON
THE race towards the Lower Clarence's inspirational relay for life has begun.
Committee meetings are in full swing and the call for teams has been issued.
This year's Cancer Council event, on October 14-15, will be the third in the Lower Clarence since 2002, with relays held every second year.
It's a massive event for the Lower Clarence with the 2004 relay for life attracting an estimated 1800 participants who raised a phenomenal $80,000.
Lower Clarence Relay for Life committee chairperson Wendy Rose said the group's immediate goal was to get 50 teams registered.
The committee has set a fundraising target of $50,000.
"We don't want to set the boundary too high; I think if we stick to 50/50 it's playing it safe," Ms Rose said.
"Besides, there's already so much fundraising and we're only a small community and there's only so much you can expect everyone to do."
Organisers say the 2006 program will be slightly different and involve a sunsmart theme. The relay will begin at 3pm on the Saturday and wrap up around 9am on the Sunday.
"This is to support the Cancer Council's message of sun protection and not to be out in the sun between the hours of 10am-2pm," committee publicity officer Cathy Martin said.
The format will remain the same, with the survivors' walk and moving candlight ceremony staying on the program.
The next committee meeting will go ahead on May 1 at which teams can register or discuss fundraising.