The Derwent Valley Relay for Life has been run by local volunteers since 2015 and with the support of the wider community has raised more than $150,000 for Cancer Council Tasmania. This money goes to cancer support, education, advocacy and research.
The first Derwent Valley Relay for Life was held at Boyer Oval, New Norfolk, in 2015. It moved to Tynwald Park for the subsequent relays in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
Last year's relay involved 15 teams and 291 participants walking laps at Tynwald Park for sponsorship, working together towards a common goal and sending a positive message supporting those undergoing treatment for cancer, remembering those lost to cancer, and offering hope for a cancer free world in the future.
|Derwent Valley Relay for Life committee member Damian|
Bester, left, chairman John Simpson, and state project manager
Anthony Edwards with the 2020 Community Event of the
"I would like to acknowledge the people around here who make an impact to our wonderful community of the Derwent Valley, because whilst it is our event it is actually people and those individuals out there who do special things in our community that make it special," Mr Edwards said. "Whether you are an award recipient or not, congratulations and I acknowledge everything you do."
|The illuminated "Hope" sign is a feature of each Relay for Life.|
"But it's also about walking the track, and for individuals who have that special meaning, that special reason why they come to Relay for Life for their family and friends. Thank you for continuing to support support this significant event and supporting the community of the Derwent Valley," he said.
Congratulations to the Derwent Valley Relay for Life organising committee and all participants.