September 15-16, Yass Showground
The second annual Yass Relay For Life will hit the ground on September 15–16 at Yass Showground after the enormous success of the first event in 2011.
The Yass Relay For Life will kick off their planning and launch at the Yass Farmers Markets this Saturday at St Augustine’s in Meehan Street.
“Relay For Life is rapidly becoming an important and welcome fixture on the Yass social calendar,” said Relay For Life event coordinator Debra O’Neil.
“The volunteer committee and I are really looking forward to working with the people of Yass to put on another uplifting and successful event for our community.”
The first Yass Relay For Life was a resounding success, when the community raised over $90,000 through the generosity and spirit of over 500 participants and 31 teams.
Cancer Council NSW has recently been very active in the Yass area providing support programs to the community.
The funds generated were directed back into the community in the form of an Understanding Cancer Program in 2011.
The Understanding Cancer Program is a free community education program run by Cancer Council NSW and allied health professionals for people who want to find out more about cancer and how to cope with it.
Following this, Cancer Council NSW also supported the establishment of a local cancer support group in Yass.
This group is support by a locally based generalist counsellor.
Yass residents also have access to free counselling services and legal assistance by phoning 13 11 20.
Each year over 40,000 people take part in Relay For Life events across NSW. Relay For Life is a fun, outdoor and overnight fundraising event where teams of 10 to 15 people take turns to walk around a local oval.
Money is raised in the lead-up to the event to fund research, support and information for local people affected by cancer.
For further information on Relay For Life and how you can help, contact Debra O’Neil at the Cancer Council NSW Southern Regional office on 4223 0251 or visit http://www.relay.cancercouncil.com.au/.
And watch the Tribune for further updates as the event nears.