POSITIVE VISION: Chair of the Yamba Realy for Life committee, Cathy Martin, enjoys the final moments of the relay at the 'fightback ceremony' and thanks the crowd for raising around $70,000.
POSITIVE VISION: Chair of the Yamba Realy for Life committee, Cathy Martin, enjoys the final moments of the relay at the 'fightback ceremony' and thanks the crowd for raising around $70,000. Grafton Daily Examiner

Appeal steps up - $70,000

FOR Yamba Relay for Life chair Cathy Martin and her committee, organising the weekend's fundraising event involved nine months of hard work.

But it was all made worthwhile by an outstanding response from the local community.

More than 1000 people turned out to Angourie Sports Field on Saturday for the relay that started at 3pm and went through the night until its 9am finish yesterday.

More than 60 teams took part in the event, including an astonishing 300 people who registered on Saturday morning alone.

Once all donations are in, it is expected the relay will have raised $70,000 to go to the work of the Cancer Council.

“We are absolutely thrilled with how it went,” said Cathy as she fought back the effects of a night without sleep.

“We had a huge crowd and the weather was brilliant; it was all better than we expected.

“There was a fantastic carnival atmosphere right the way through, even in the small hours. There were people walking the track all night.

“It was the first time the Relay for Life has been held in Yamba and the local people really got behind it.”

One of the high points of the event was the candlelight ceremony in remembrance of people who have lost their battle with cancer.

Cathy, who was organising her fourth Relay for Life, having been involved in similar events at Maclean, said the community support was vital to the event's success.

“The organisers would like to thank anyone and everyone who helped get this event happening,” she said.

“Rotary from Yamba were amazing, supplying food for the entire 18 hours.”

Despite the event being such a success, Cathy does not think it will be held again next year, with 2011 a more likely date for the next Yamba Relay for Life.



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