Society breaks record for relay

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 08:41 17/04/2014

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Community support, volunteer hours and teamwork have helped the Manawatu Cancer Society haul in a record figure from the 14th Relay for Life.

The 24-hour team-inspired walk around Massey's Hokowhitu campus athletics track was held in March to raise funds for the Cancer Society.

Organiser Faye James said the final tally for this year was $435,000, breaking last year's record.

"Last year we raised $400,000 and previously it had been $362,000 in 2012, so it was a huge jump and it's been a huge jump again," she said. "The teams are really going all out with their fundraising in the wider community."

James said the funds would be used to support free services for patients and health promotion, advocacy and research in Manawatu, Tararua and Horowhenua.

About 2200 people, including 400 survivors, and 114 teams registered for the event but "it probably doubled over the peak of the day".

"We find it a very emotionally charged time and it was lovely to find the grounds swell with the public coming to support those people on the survivors lap and the candlelight ceremony," she said.

"We were very lucky with fabulous weekend weather wise and overwhelming support from the community, which is demonstrated in the fundraising which we've received.

"We are very humbled by it but also very pleased with the total raised; it will make a huge difference to the services we provide."

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- Manawatu Standard

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