Opinion: Community support the key to relay’s hope | Editorial

The purple and yellow shirts are being brought out of the cupboard, ready for the 18-hour walk that is the Jimboomba Relay for Life.

Next month, the community will join together in the fight against cancer at the 13th annual relay, where the committee hopes to make the magic $1 million of combined fundraising proceeds over the years.

Jimboomba Times knows the relay has a great community following and hopes to see the committee reach their fundraising goals.

Funds from Relay for Life enable research to continue, patients to be transported to hospital, helps to provide information and support services and helps cover the cost of accommodation.

This year, youth ambassador Montanna McKay aims to help all participants to feel a sense of hope and to encourage more young people to become involved in the event.

Montanna is well on her way to achieving her goals, by talking to local schools and asking students to take part in the relay on October 7 and 8.

Relay for Life can be an emotional evening, but the relay community always bands together to celebrate life and hope.

In setting the scene for the evening, cancer survivors are the first to take to the track to show the power of resilience and how fundraising efforts  will help improve the chances of people with cancer in the future.

As people move continuously around the circuit, new and old friends come together, catch up and support each another as they are reminded that cancer never sleeps.

During the event, a candlelight ceremony is held to honour the memory of those people who have passed away from cancer.

Their lights guide the relayers around the track into the night.

While community passion and support is evident throughout Relay for Life, the money raised ensures that the help and support for people with cancer does not stop at the end of the 18-hour event.