Sharon Lentfer (centre) gets some support from some of the 130 strong Hanks team in preparation for the Relay For Life.
Sharon Lentfer (centre) gets some support from some of the 130 strong Hanks team in preparation for the Relay For Life. Adam Hourigan

Lentfer’s army to contest Relay for Life

WHEN it comes to raising money for cancer research, it is a good thing Sharon Lentfer is a competitive person.

Each year for the Relay For Life Ms Lentfer wants to go that little bit further to raise more money and have a bigger team.

Today will be the eighth time Ms Lentfer has entered a team for Relay For Life, which now boasts close to 135 members.

“I didn’t think I’d ever get to where I am with a team this big,” she said.

“My aim was 100, that’s what I set myself a target of, but everyone has got behind it and joined, it’s amazing.”

Ms Lentfer, a breast cancer survivor, said the community atmosphere at the Relay For Life is why she keeps coming back each year.

“It’s great fun, we’ve got quite a few new people in the team who haven’t done the relay before who are really excited for it,” she said.

“I really enjoy being able to bring new people into the team and get them to experience the fun. I just love seeing so many people get behind a good cause.”

So far, Ms Lentfer’s team has raised $2,300, and she hopes to do better than last year and top $3,000.

The Relay For Life is one of the Cancer Council’s biggest events, and Cancer Council NSW community engagement manager Rowena Terone said Grafton’s relay will raise money for services specific to the area.

“The Grafton community emphasised the need for free transport to treatment and accessible accommodation when they are required to travel away from home for treatment,” she said.

“Our partnership with Clarence Valley Community Transport ensures this is now possible through free transport for eligible patients be it to Coffs Harbour, Lismore or as far as Brisbane.

“Furthermore, our partnership with the wonderful CRANES Palliative Volunteer Service ensures patients and their carers have access to In Home Support to help deal with everyday household tasks, offer carer respite or simply provide some friendly company.”



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