Hawkesbury region unites against cancer at Relay for Life event

WALKING FOR LIFE: Walkers at the Hawkesbury Relay for Life at the Hawkesbury Showground on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Geoff Jones
WALKING FOR LIFE: Walkers at the Hawkesbury Relay for Life at the Hawkesbury Showground on Saturday afternoon. Picture: Geoff Jones

HAWKESBURY Relay for Life drew huge crowds who walked or ran countless laps of the Hawkesbury Showground at the weekend, all in support of the fight to stop cancer.

The event to date has raised about $75,000, which will go to the Cancer Council.

Aside from the event itself, there were numerous fundraising events organised by the Hawkesbury Relay for Life committee hosted during the year.

Committee chairperson Rebecca Tulk said before the event that while a lot of good came from Relay for Life, many who participated in the event, including herself, did so with a heavy burden on their hearts.

“By being a part of Hawkesbury Relay for Life, our family has felt supported and we’ve made great friends who can relate to the tough times,” Rebecca said.

“I have always relayed for my amazing mother-in-law and this year will be our toughest yet. She lost her battle with cancer in July of this year.

“We promised her we would keep on supporting other cancer sufferers as well as raise awareness and funds so hopefully one day other families won’t have to go through what we have been through.”

Tulk said Relay For Life was a rewarding way to support cancer sufferers and their carers in the Hawkesbury community, as well as a fun weekend out for the whole family.

Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman, who attended the event along with Hawkesbury MP Dominic Perrottet and Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly, said the event showed the Hawkesbury’s true community spirit.

“The Hawkesbury Relay for Life is a shining example of how this community pulls together,” she said.

“What strikes you as you walk around the team tents is the diversity of groups that get involved and their creativity in finding ways to get donations out of everyone.

“Congratulation to everyone involved. It's not only a great fundraiser to fight cancer but an incredible community event.”

If you wish to make a donation, please visit relayforlife.org.au/hawkesbury.

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