ALL cancer survivors and carers are welcome to take part in one of the key events of this weekend’s fifth Derwent Valley Relay for Life, alongside the registered participants. To be held at Tynwald Park from 11am tomorrow (February 27) until 9am on Sunday, the event will see teams walking laps of the oval to raise funds for Cancer Council Tasmania’s cancer research and support.
Most participants will be registered by now, but late registrations and anyone wishing to take part in the Survivor’s and Carer’s Lap can do so on site from noon tomorrow (Saturday). This special lap of the grounds will form part of the official opening at 1pm and is for anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis or cared for someone affected. They do not need to be taking part in the entire relay and can sign-in on the day, for COVID-19 purposes.
After this, survivors and carers are invited to enjoy afternoon tea prepared by the Magra CWA and sponsored by Bel Bird’s Guardian Pharmacy. At the same time, the remainder of the relayers will be walking laps which will continue until 9am on Sunday. There are now 17 teams and more than 230 participants registered for the event.
Walkers will be kept entertained with various entertainment acts, including the Tahitian Pearls Dance Troupe, Freedom Health and Wellness, and Sands Family Circus, among others. Music will be provided by Wayne Shoobridge, Johnny Right, Dallas Heron and The Raven. On-site catering will be provided by The Coffee Guy, New Norfolk Cricket Club kiosk, Derwent Valley Rotary Club evening barbecue, Pauly’s Pizza deliveries, and New Norfolk Lions Club breakfast rolls, and free overnight tea and coffee provided by the organising committee as well as free breakfast fruit and cereal.
The second major event of the relay is the luminary ceremony after 8pm which is a special time to remember those impacted by cancer, followed by a silent lap of the oval. The relay continues throughout the night until the final lap at 8.45am, followed by the closing ceremony.
Relay For Life merchandise will be available at the event after 3pm. To donate to the fundraising, visit bit.ly/RFLDERWENT or phone 1300 65 65 85.