Elly Smith and Cortney McKew reflect as their candles of hope, covered from the wind, burn at the Clarence Valley Relay for Lif
Elly Smith and Cortney McKew reflect as their candles of hope, covered from the wind, burn at the Clarence Valley Relay for Lif

Research money pours on Relay for Life

By EMMA CORNFORD

THEY may have been soaked, but Clarence Valley Relay for Life committee members were also stoked, after they raised more than $30,000 for cancer research.

The 24-hour event during the weekend resulted in around 600 people taking to the track at Jabour Park.

Committee chairwoman Denise Hyde, who was yesterday still going strong after being awake for more than 36 hours, said she was pleased with how the event turned out.

"There wasn't any time of the day or night when there wasn't someone walking on the track ? and I know because I was awake the whole time.

"There was a real spirit there, with people having a good time for a great cause."

But the relay was about more than just walking around a track ? campers, face painting, snowcones and live entertainment combined to form a village atmo- sphere for the walkers and those who came along to support the fundraising effort.

"We had people coming and going throughout the whole weekend because that's the whole point of it," Mrs Hyde said.

"Some teams had a roster system but some just walked when they felt like it."

It was also a time for reflecting on how cancer had affected the lives of the walkers.

"Because cancer is a disease which doesn't discriminate, not by age, race or gender, everybody's been touched by it in some way," she said.

"I kept talking to people and they really wanted to tell me why they were there and their story. I felt really privileged ? it was a moving experience, it really was."

Mrs Hyde said a highlight was the survivors and carers walk.

"We had more survivors register this time than the last walk in Grafton and the committee saw that as an indication that more people are surviving this disease," she said.



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