Still time to join the fight against cancer

THE Derwent Valley Relay for Life is more than half-way to its target of raising $30,000 for cancer research and support, with just over a day until the relay gets under way at Tynwald Park in New Norfolk. Fundraising efforts for this sixth Derwent Valley Relay for Life will continue during and after the 20-hour event this weekend.

Twelve teams are now registered for the event, following the merging of two teams associated with community radio station Tyga-FM. There is still time to form a team or join one of the existing teams.

Cancer Council Tasmania’s Penny Egan said the event will run for 20 hours, starting at 1pm this Saturday, February 11, and finishing at 9am on Sunday, February 12. “The Derwent Valley Relay for Life is organised by a team of local volunteers and is an experience that will stay with participants forever,” Mrs Egan said. “It brings communities together to celebrate survivors and recognise the unsung heroes – their carers.

Local committee member Sandra Hetherington said her favourite part of the Relay was watching the community spirit generated by the event. “There is still time to register a team and anyone who does not have a team is very welcome to join our ‘Committee’ team. You can register online or on the day.”

Register online at, contact Zoe Vandervelde on 0437 680 631, or visit the Cancer Council tent at the Derwent Valley Relay for Life at Tynwald Park this Saturday.

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