ORGANISING COMMITTEE: The Ballina Relay for Life organising committee (back, from left) Sandra Clifford, Remy Tancred, Michelle McCartney, (front, from left) Sarah Walker, chair Kim Vincent, Wendy Boniface and Ian Forster.
ORGANISING COMMITTEE: The Ballina Relay for Life organising committee (back, from left) Sandra Clifford, Remy Tancred, Michelle McCartney, (front, from left) Sarah Walker, chair Kim Vincent, Wendy Boniface and Ian Forster.

Relay for Life is alive

A RELAY for Life supporting The Cancer Council will be held in Ballina next year.


A few weeks ago, The Cancer Council had to cancel a cocktail party which aimed to recruit volunteers for a relay organising committee because of a lack of response and it looked like a relay would not be held in 2011.


This year’s relay had to be cancelled because there were not enough volunteers to form a committee.


But following an article in the Advocate, a basic committee has now been formed, and they have set the last weekend in October – 29 and 30 – as the date for the event.


Cancer Council project officer Sandra Rowan said it was good news as the previous Ballina relays  each raised between $80,000 and $100,000 for the organisation’s research and support programs.


Ian Forster is one of the volunteers on the newly formed organising committee.


He has participated in two Ballina relays with a group of friends and said it was a great social occasion – as well as an event which raised money for a worthy cause.


He said when he read the article about the possibility a relay wouldn’t be held in Ballina next year, he decided to put his hand up to be on the committee to keep the Ballina relay running.


The committee will meet again at the end of January next year.


More helpers are more than welcome.


And, just as importantly, teams can start preparing for the event.


For more information, phone Sandra on 6628 8669.


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