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Friday, January 31, 2020

Relay for Life named community event of the year

Anthony Edwards.
THE local event that has raised more than $150,000 for cancer research and support has been recognised with the Derwent Valley Council's Australia Day Award for Community Event of the Year.

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
Year Award.
The Community Event of the Year Award was accepted by Cancer Council Tasmania's Relay for Life state project manager, Anthony Edwards, at last Sunday's Derwent Valley Australia Day celebration.

"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.
Mr Edwards said the Relay for Life had special meaning in the community. "It's a fundraising event that allows Cancer Council to do what it does, and all the services it provides in the community," he said.

"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.


  1. Congratulations to all those concerned. A confirmation of the good that people do wholeheartedly in the Derwent Valley without seeking reward. Another good news story.

  2. It is fabulous to see just what our community can do - these are the quiet achievers. Let's all support the Huon Valley this year as we alternate with them in hosting this event. So proud of our generous people.
    A local Relay for Life team member.