Weary walkers raise $70k for cancer research

ABOUT 900 people in the Grafton region will be feeling pretty good about themselves after a weekend of fundraising that has netted cancer researchers close to $70,000.

Jabour Park, South Grafton, was home to this year's Relay for Life and was a hive of activity throughout the annual NSW Cancer Council fundraising event.

Northern Rivers Cancer Council NSW community co-ordinator Hannah Brooks said about 900 people had participated in the overnight event, completing laps of the track throughout Saturday night.

"Provisionally we've raised about $70,000 so far, which is a fantastic effort," she said.

"But we still have two weeks of fundraising to go."

Ms Brooks praised the work of the Grafton Vintage Motor Vehicle Club which had opened up Jabour Park for the event.

"They set up the track beautifully and cleared the grounds to make it ready for us," Ms Brooks said.

"It's a lovely venue and I particularly like the outlook. It's great to be able to look at a beautiful view, not just buildings and cars."

Yesterday morning as the tent city which had been home to hundreds of people overnight was coming down, there were still plenty of smiles.

Grafton's Sharon Carter, who was helping dismantle a collapsible shade shelter, was among the participants who remained in good spirits.

"I probably look a mess. I only had a half-hour's sleep last night," she said.

"I have an uncle who's just finished chemo so I was doing it for him."



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