Walking for the cause

Walking for the cause

In a Relay for Life first, Circular Head will try something new next year. 

In the past, the Cancer Council event is run over 20 hours, however the 2020 biennial event will be reduced to 12 hours. 

From 10am to 10pm teams will circle the oval at Smithton Recreation Ground to raise funds for research and support services. 

“Relay For Life is an opportunity for everybody across Circular Head to make a difference in fighting against cancer,” says state manager Anthony Edwards. 

“The need for cancer support and prevention services across Tasmania is growing. Every day more than nine Tasmanians are diagnosed with cancer. 

“Cancer Council is 90 per cent funded by the community and therefore relies on the generosity [of] the Tasmanian community.”

Since the inaugural event in Circular Head in 2008, more than $606,000 has been raised. 

In the past year alone, Circular Head’s Transport to Treatment vehicle has travelled more than 40,000 kilometres to almost 300 appointments for 49 individuals. And demand is increasing. 

Next year’s event will include the usual opening ceremony, candlelit remembrance service on dusk and closing ceremony. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by the Royal Australian Army Band and activities hosted by youth. 

Save the date: Circular Head’s Relay for Life will be held on Saturday March 14, 2020. 

Relay for Life supporters (back from left) Chris ‘Bomber’ Wells, Kathleen Morris, Chris Morris, (front) Chloe Birtwistle and Bree Birtwistle with Australian netballer Cath Cox.