THANKS a million!
That was the message from Relay For Life to all of Glenelg Shire after total donations for the 12 years of the cancer-fighting event topped one million dollars this weekend.
A crowd of about 80 people at Nelson Park on Saturday erupted in cheers when Sarah Mayhew, regional co-ordinator for Relay For Life, announced that this year’s total of $64,240 had pushed the overall figure to $1,015,154.
“That is a phenomenal total,” Graham Sealey chair of the SW Relay For Life committee said.
“But achieving a big sum is not the focus of what we do,” he said.
“It’s all about the way the community has come together to support this event year after year.
“Such an event would not be so successful without the community’s whole-hearted backing.
“The committee has worked tirelessly for the last few months and we feel so humble.
“This weekend they have heard first-hand how the money the teams have raised is spent.”
Ranging from workplace to church and social groups, 17 teams were entered this year, each fund-raising separately.
Three of the teams had such exceptional results they have become eligible for a research award that allows them to personally name a cancer research project.
The three are Kelpie Krew from Casterton (with a remarkable total of $22,520), Jaws For Life (SES), and Quadrant Sec.
Read more in Monday’s Portland Observer.