Relay for Life registrations open

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North Otago residents are being encouraged to get ready and sign up for next year’s Relay for Life after registrations opened on Tuesday.

The event, which is organised to raise funds for the Cancer Society, will be held at Awamoa Park on March 28 and 29 next year.

North Otago Relay for Life event coordinator Laura Heselwood said the enthusiasm and support shown by the community has been amazing over the last few weeks.

“We have secured a wonderful, visible location in the heart of Oamaru and I am bowled over by the passion and encouragement shown by those on board”.

Committee ambassador and Waitaki District mayor Gary Kircher said Relay for Life “is a unique opportunity for our community to come together to show our ongoing support for people who have been affected by cancer, remember those we’ve lost, and fight back by supporting the work of the Cancer Society”.

This will be the third time the event has been held in Oamaru and in 2013 about 45 teams walked around the clock for 24 hours to raise more than $80,000.

Cancer Society marketing and communications manager Mark Hamer said the money raised last year supported many people in North Otago affected by cancer.

“It is the passion and support shown by communities like North Otago that enable the Cancer Society to deliver its free services”.

More than two thirds of the money raised in 2013 was spent on providing free supportive care and health promotion in North Otago.

The Relay For Life in Oamaru enabled the Cancer Society to provide specialist care to individuals, families and caregivers affected by cancer in the region, including counselling, home visits, support groups, a survivor-ship programme and daily access to local support staff based at Community House in Oamaru.

The money raised also enabled the provision of free accommodation and travel for Cancer patients visiting Dunedin, communicating health promotion throughout Otago and provided essential funding toward cancer research.

The North Otago Relay for Life Committee will be holding a launch party at the Oamaru Opera House on Thursday, November 13 at 5.30pm.

Teams that register before or on the night will be entered into a prize draw and will get the opportunity to select their tent pitch first.

The Relay for life in Oamaru will be held at Awamoa Park from midday on Saturday, March 28 to midday on Sunday, March 29.

For more information call Laura Heselwood on 027 938 9421 or visit www.relayforlife.org.nz.

PHOTO: CAPTUR8 PHOTOGRAPHY

REGISTRATIONS OPEN: All getting into the spirit of the event are (back row, from left) Helen Algar, Tamin Wilson, Derek Beveridge, Laura Heselwood, Gary Kircher, Jessie Waite and Amber McNamara; (front row, from left) Poppy and Maggie Golding and Charlotte and Jonah Heselwood.