Last year, 2187 people in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula heard the words “You have cancer”. So this September help Frankston and Peninsula Relay For Life celebrate its 15th year of raising money to find a cure for cancer so others in our community don’t have to hear those words.
Frankston and Peninsula Relay For Life is an overnight team walk that has raised more than $1.2 million for Cancer Council Victoria’s research, support, information and prevention programs. The relay celebrates cancer survivors and carers, remembers loved ones taken by cancer, and includes activities that promote ways in which we can all fight back against cancer. Relay For Life is for everyone, no matter your age or fitness level.
This year’s Relay For Life will be held on the weekend of September 22-23 at Ballam Park, with teams taking turns to walk or run the athletics track. It begins with an opening ceremony at 4pm on Saturday as cancer survivors and carers take centre stage to do the opening lap before enjoying a special afternoon tea. At 8pm a candlelight ceremony is held to celebrate loved ones who have survived or succumbed to cancer. Candle bags with personal messages line the track and light the way for the overnight walk.
Midnight heralds the start of the 42.2km marathon for the super-fit; for those not quite at that level, there’s a half-marathon or team marathon starting at 1am. The closing ceremony at 11am on Sunday wraps up the event, with organisers thanking the volunteers and the community for making Relay For Life possible.
When not walking, participants can enjoy the relay atmosphere and festivities, with entertainers, games, team activities and food vendors to keep everybody going for the 19 hours. So come and have some fun, celebrate our cancer survivors and carers and raise vital money for Cancer Council Victoria by starting or joining a team in the Frankston and Peninsula Relay For Life. Cancer never rests, and for that reason neither will Relay For Life.
Go to fundraising.cancer.org.au/Frankston, email [email protected] or phone the supporter care team on 1300 656 585 today.