Legging it for cancer cure
CURING cancer was foremost in the minds of more than 400 people who participated in the annual Relay for Life at Yamba on Saturday.
From 3pm until midnight, people walked with steely determination to raise as much money as possible to fight the all-too-common scourge on society that is cancer.
People from Westlawn Finance, St James School, Caringa Enterprises and National Bank Yamba made up some of the 36 teams who participated.
Passionate Yamba Relay for Life committee member Chris McPherson said the late change of venue due to wet weather worked in the event's favour.
“The principal of Yamba Public School was very generous in allowing us the use of their facilities,” she said.
“It actually made a wonderful venue because the school has a stage in its undercover area that was able to be used by our entertainers.”
Master of ceremonies Paul Commerford said despite the switch of venue due to wet weather from the Yamba Sports Complex to the school the event was a great success.
“In spite of the conditions it was fantastic,” he said.
“Rather than cancel it we already had the public school up our sleeve, so it went ahead.”
Mr Commerford said the crowd was entertained by some talented local musicians including Tallara Connors, Brad Gimbert and Little Fish.
“When that big storm was looming probably a third of the crowd left, but despite that we had a really good night,” he said.
Last night on the Relay for Life webpage $25,488.65 of the $29,675 target had been raised by Yamba relay participants.
Due to much of the money raised on Saturday night not being included in these figures, Mrs McPherson said they hoped to exceed their target and raise about $35,000.
Donations can be made to teams who participated in the Yamba Relay for Life by visiting www.relay.cancercouncil.com/2011/yamba_2011.