Wayne Wills lines up with other participants at the start of the Relay for Life at Bundaberg Showgrounds.
Wayne Wills lines up with other participants at the start of the Relay for Life at Bundaberg Showgrounds. Mike Knott

Council walkers win Relay for Life

LEGS may have been cramping, eyes drooping and bodies protesting but nothing could stop the Relay for Life walkers from moving around the Bundaberg Showgrounds over the weekend.

More than 1000 people in about 75 teams continually walked laps in an effort to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Council Bundaberg branch.

Regional co-ordinator Simon Jacobs said on Friday afternoon about $85,000 had been banked, with more expected to come.

“There were teams doing fundraising on the day and we still have all the money from the food and canteens to add up,” he said.

Mr Jacobs said the running total was up on the previous year, putting the event on track to reach its $110,000 target.

“That is great to see, especially considering the economic climate and the tough time the region had at the beginning of the year,” he said.

The fundraising event started with a lap by cancer survivors and carers to celebrate and recognise their survival.

“That was great,” Mr Jacobs said. “We have a lot of people who come every year to celebrate their survival.”

Mr Jacobs said about 70 cancer survivors and 30 carers took park in the celebratory lap, walking through a guard of honour made up by the relay runners.

Mr Jacobs said the teams were able to keep their cheerful attitude throughout the walk, even in the wee hours.

A team made up of Bundaberg Regional Council staff won the event, for the second year in a row, raising about $10,500.

Mr Jacobs said the Cancer Council was already planning for next year's relay for life.

“We are looking at putting it back a little to give teams more time to fundraise,” he said, adding that a date would be advertised soon.



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