Getting ready for non-stop exercise to raise funds for the Cancer Society Otago and Southland is Relay For Life Wanaka co-ordinator Jane Sharman.

The 24-hour community endurance event would start on Saturday, March 27, in Pembroke Park, but now was the time to organise groups and begin fundraising, she said.

‘‘We want them to sign up early because the fundraising is done before the event.’’

Mini events and social activities could be run in advance, providing opportunities to raise funds before the big day, as well as a chance to motivate each other to train.

‘‘People can get really creative and do what they want for fundraising but the earlier they sign up, the quicker they can do that.’’

When groups signed up they were given an online fundraising page, making it easy for people to give.

The last Relay For Life in Wanaka was in 2019 and raised more than $80,000 ‘‘which was amazing’’.

This time they were aiming to raise over $100,000 and she was encouraging family, friends, schools and work colleagues to organise group teams.

Funds raised would go towards helping people affected by cancer in the local community.

Since the last fundraiser the charity had been able to increase their community support by two people, including health professional Shona Jarvie, who was based in Wanaka.

‘‘So the funds from events like this enabled us to be able to do that.’’

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