|Some of the people behind the Derwent Valley Relay for Life.|
Relay for Life started in the Derwent Valley in 2015, when more than 250 participants attended over a scorching weekend at Boyer Oval. The event moved to Tynwald Park for the second relay in 2016. “This is about our community getting behind the fight against cancer and we urge everybody, no matter what age, to help contribute to the fight” Derwent Valley Relay for Life Committee co-chairman Sandra Hetherington said.
Relay for Life state project manager Anthony Edwards said people participated in Relay For Life for many different reasons - to remember, to support and to contribute to the fight against cancer. "We encourage people from all across the entire Derwent Valley to show your support to this unique event,” Mr Anthony Edwards said.
"More than eight Tasmanians are diagnosed with cancer every day. Its an alarming statistic. Yet the unified effort to raise money for such an important cause bonds everyone from locals businesses to schools, family and friends to participate. All funds raised stay here in Tasmania to help local communities in the fight against cancer."
The Derwent Valley Relay has grown over the last three years and the local organising committee is keen to encourage even more people to contribute and participate by registering a Relay For Life team at www.relayforlife.org.au and then build a team of family and friends.
|Relay for Life ambassador Kerry Hore|
with the Magra Fire Brigade.
Twenty teams have so far entered this year's Derwent Valley Relay for Life, with a total of 144 participants. There is still time for new teams to register and for additional participants to join in. Visit the website for more details.
|The Relay for Life tug-of-war between New Norfolk Fire Brigade on the left|
and Magra Fire Brigade on the right.