|Participants in the Survivors and Carers Walk at the start of the|
Derwent Valley Relay for Life on Saturday.
With many donations still to be added, the fundraising tally may well reach $40,000, Derwent MLC Craig Farrell said at the closing ceremony this morning. Mr Farrell urged all participants to encourage as many people as possible to take part in the next local Relay for Life in two years' time.
"Whether you increase the size of your team or you know other organisations that you think should have a team, the way to grow this is really by everyone here encouraging people to become involved," Mr Farrell said.
|Milton Kennedy, left, Danny Yates and Governor Kate Warner|
approach the Relay for Life starting line.
Joining the governor in cutting the ribbon to start the relay were teenager Danny Yates who last year walked from Launceston to Sorell to raise funds for the Cancer Council, and his grandfather, cancer survivor Milton Kennedy.
While other walkers carried on with the relay, a special afternoon tea was held for cancer survivors and carers, provided by the Magra CWA with the support of the New Norfolk Guardian Pharmacy. The next major event on the program was the luminary ceremony at nightfall, remembering all those lost to cancer.
|Bruce Lamb, left, Debbie Hutchinson and Katrina Foxton in|
front of the "Hope" sign during the Luminary Ceremony.
The final lap was walked just before 9am, followed by the closing ceremony. Cancer Council representative Greg Peterson said 15 teams had registered for the event and he said the "Boyer's Boisterous Bumblers" group headed by Peter Barry was top fundraiser. The award for the best baton went to "Pop's Angels" (captain Tanya Russell) and the "Spirit of Relay" encouragement award went to the Claremont Fire Brigade team (captain Todd Bennetto).
|Claremont Fire Brigade receives the Spirit of Relay award.|
Professor Peterson said the recruiting of 264 relay participants was an outstanding achievement for the Derwent Valley event, being about one third of the number taking part in the state's major Relay for Life in Hobart. "The Derwent Valley community is renowned for its generosity and that has been proven again in the last 20 hours."
Congratulations to the organisers and all who took part. Online donations can still be made here.
See the New Norfolk News tomorrow for a photo gallery.