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Relay for life

SHOP windows in Leongatha have turned purple in support of Relay for Life and cancer research.
Relay organisers were pleased with the response from shopkeepers.
“It’s been a good turnout,” Walter Aich said.
In 2015, the Relay for Life will be run in Fish Creek for the first time.
It’s an 18 hour relay starting at 4pm on March 21 and continuing until 10am, March 22.
People can enter as teams or as individuals, and most walk during the event, while a few teams run.
Registration is free for carers and survivors, who are invited to take part in the first lap and an afternoon tea.
“If they would like to come along, just let the organising committee know,” Christine Oliver said.
The event will be catered and entertainment also provided.
Teams can set up a tent and relax there when not walking.
Teams have a baton that stays on the track the whole time; batons in the past have included a Mexican hat and the Girl Guides’ teddy bear.
People participate in or support the relay for a variety of reasons, Mr Aich said.
“Some teams form specifically around a particular family member,” Mr Aich said.
“The idea is to raise money for research.”
Teams who raise more than $5000 are able to nominate which project their donation supports.
The big research project this year is investigating the “forgotten cancers”.
Mortality rates for these rarer cancers have remained steady, while most common types of cancer now have good survival rates.
Mr Aich said there are so few people diagnosed with any one of the “forgotten cancers”, it hinders research and funding for research.
Mr Aich and Ms Oliver urged people to get involved.
“It’s not too late to form teams,” Mr Aich said.
“If they’re not wanting to do that, go online and donate to a team that’s already there.”
Donations are open until a month after the relay.

By Laura Gibb

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