The 12th year of Jimboomba’s Relay for Life was celebrated at Hills International College over the weekend, with the goal of helping to find a cure for cancer.
With 60 teams and more than 800 people turning out to enjoy the entertainment and remembrance ceremonies, the event was hailed a success.
Cancer Council Queensland CEO Jeff Dunn AO officially opened the ceremony and joined the survivors and carers for afternoon tea.
“I enjoy coming down to Jimboomba, the community really backs this event every year,” he said.
“Have a terrific relay and thank you to all our survivors, carers and volunteers.”
This year’s relay committee made several changes, meaning a greener and safer event for all involved, by introducing glow sticks and bubbles.
Face of Relay Lucy Newman, 12, this year made her way around the track as a survivor who has finished their treatment.
During her time in the role in 2014, Lucy joined with patron Trevina Schwarz in a golf buggy, unable to walk the circuit.
“The new glow sticks are a colourful way to remember the friends that I have lost,” Lucy said.
At the time of printing, the relay had raised more than $95,000, with the hope of raising $150,000 in order to raise $1 million over the 12 years.
Co-chairs Neil O’Brien and Jane Haylock thanked the community for their continued support and both agreed seeing so many families come down for the event on Saturday evening was a huge lift in hope to make their fundraising goal.
“We remain hopeful to raise our goal in order to continue fighting to find a cure for cancer,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It was wonderful to have Jeff Dunn join us and have such a wide involvement of community members and fundraising team.”
“We already have five teams registered for next year’s relay, which will be held on October 7 and 8,” Ms Haylock said.
“Our new initiatives were well supported and very effective.”
Donations can still be made at relayforlife.org.au by searching ‘Jimboomba Branch’.
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