Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rest time for relay walkers

Photo from the Derwent Valley Relay
for Life Council Conquerors Facebook.
THE Derwent Valley Relay for Life has come to an end, 20 hours after it kicked off at Tynwald Park yesterday afternoon. With many donations still to be added, the fundraising target of $30,000 has already been met and exceeded.

The Relay for Life website shows that more than $30,340 has been raised for cancer research and support through the local event, which is about $10,000 more than last year's inaugural event.

Nineteen teams registered for the relay and the "Boyer's Walking Wounded" group headed by Sandra Hetherington was named the top team, with a tally of  $7626. The award for the best baton was shared by the Council Conquerors (captain Belinda Graham) and Suzie's Redbacks (Tracy Cash), while the encouragement award was shared by Liviende Veranto (captain Melissa-Jane Moore), Ants with Mates (Gillian Parton), OddBalls (James Graham) and Wacky Woolies Workers (Ellie Hayton).

The other participating teams were (in no particular order): Family Ties (Mandy Welling), St Brigid's Catholic School (Tracey Morgan), Pop's Angels (Tanya Russell),  Bouncing Bankers (Karen Stevens), New Norfolk High School (Courtney Plapp), Tongatabus (Tamara King), For our Superman (Sarah Keogh), Derwent Valley Youth Future Action Team (Matt Hill), Team Red Caps (Tania Morgan), TygaFM Community Radio (Roz Chapman), Derwent Valley 4WD Club (David Keleher) and Bright Stars (Michelle Amos). Amongst all the teams were 270 participants.

A spokesman for the organising committee thanked the Derwent Valley community for its generosity. "None of this would have happened without the support and participation of the community." Among the dedicated teams of volunteers were the New Norfolk Cricket Club members who ran a canteen for the entire event and New Norfolk High School representatives who cooked three barbecues.

Congratulations to the organisers and all who took part. Online donations can still be made here.

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