Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
HAMILTON’S Relay for Life at the weekend was a resounding success.
At the conclusion of the relay on Saturday, $40,144,00 had been raised, with more money still to be banked.
Organisers of the Anti-Cancer appeal hailed the event as a “wonderful success” with thousands of people passing through the Hamilton Showgrounds gates between 6pm on Friday and 6pm on Saturday.
An organiser, Gavin Wray-McCann, said he was emotionally overwhelmed by the generosity and participation of Hamilton region residents.
“It was the most uplifting event that I’ve ever been involved with,” he said.
“There were over 1000 cars at the showgrounds on Friday night, it was absolutely magnificent.”
Mr Wray-McCann is confident the event will reach even greater heights in the years to come.
“We were just laying the foundations this year. We know we can do it bigger and better in the future,” he said.
The Anti-Cancer trophy for the most funds raised by a team was shared between the Rev Peter Cook’s Uniting Church and Tanya Hill’s Glenelg Region Water Authority teams. These teams raised more than $3000 each.
The Anti-Cancer award for the most money raised by an individual was won by Sharon Stacpoole, with $506.
The 3HA shield for the most laps by a team was won by Hamilton Football-Netball Club with 501 laps, while the individual honor went to Timbercorp’s Lorraine Loughlin, who completed 200 laps.