Relay for Life seeks help

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Volunteers in Cromwell are needed for the Cancer Society of New Zealand’s Relay for Life.
Event and community campaigns co-ordinator Nicole Rushbrook said Cromwell hosted the first Relay for Life in Central Otago in 2009, and after a four-year hiatus since the most recent event, they were excited to be running it again on March 21 at Anderson Park.
‘‘This is where it all began, and the community have always been so supportive of the Cancer Society,’’ she said.
‘‘We are really hoping to create a fun-filled 24 hours jam­packed with live music, activities and games.’’
About eight volunteers were needed for a committee prior to the event, and about 30 volunteers would be needed during the 24 hour event.
Relay for Life was an ‘‘inspiring community event for people of all ages and fitness levels’’, she said.
It was an opportunity to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and carers, remember loved ones, and empower people to fight back against cancer.
The last Relay for Life in Cromwell was in 2016, and 35 teams with over 540 participants raised $60,000 for the Cancer Society, she said.
‘‘The Cancer Society would love some help on the ground in Cromwell.
‘‘In previous years, there has always been an amazing volunteer committee that has helped to organise the Relay for Life in Cromwell.’’
Funds raised provided support services to people in the local community affected by cancer, provided funds for research, and contributed to the running of Daffodil House, which was ‘‘a home away from home’’ for people seeking treatment in Dunedin.
To volunteer, contact nicole.rushbrook@cansoc.org.nz.