THE south-west community will come together once again at Nelson Park this Friday for the 12th annual South West Relay for Life.
The 21-hour relay is a fundraiser for the Cancer Council Victoria and a way for the community to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer.
South West Relay for Life chairperson Graham Sealey said it was fantastic to see the commitment from the local community for the event.
“Each year as a committee we are amazed at the dedication of teams that get out into the community and fundraise,” Mr Sealey said.
“Relay for Life has become a wonderful tradition in the south-west community and it is great to see so many familiar faces at each event, but also great to have new faces there too.”
There will be about 20 teams involved with about five teams new to the event.
The event kicks off at 6pm with the Survivors and Carers function, which is open to people who have either experienced cancer directly or cared for someone during a cancer journey.
The opening ceremony is at 6.30pm, with cancer survivor Ann Dickinson this year’s guest speaker.
Ms Dickinson has attended many relay events in the past but this will be the first one where she will speak about her journey with breast cancer.
Read more in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.