All geared up for Relay for Life

Last updated 05:00 08/03/2014
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Setting up for the Relay for life are from left, Denis Shaw, Gordon Simpson, Bruce Steven, John Windleborn, John Chambers, Ian Brookland.

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The track is set, tents are pitched and teams are gearing up to take part in the Relay for Life from this afternoon.

Final preparations were under way yesterday at Caroline Bay for the sixth South Canterbury event.

Organisers had originally aimed for 60 teams to enter, after switching to an annual event, but with a last-minute addition yesterday, they have far exceeded that with 82. They were impressed with the 35 youth teams who have got involved.

Rain or shine the event will still go ahead, committee co-chairman Leola Smith said.

"We've put in the order for sunshine, but cancer doesn't stop because it rains." The latest addition for this year is a purple couch, a centre point for a bit of fun and nonsense, said Cancer Society spokeswoman Gabrielle Hall.

The relay starts at 4pm with the survivors' walk, this year being led by Clydesdale horses.

Ms Hall said they are expecting up to 300 survivors to be in the opening lap, accompanied by their carers and family members.

She said most people walk the track and a bead system acts as a lap tracker.

There will be a candlelight ceremony, starting at 9pm.

Candle bags decorated in memory of loved ones lost to cancer are placed around the track and at dusk to light the path during the night.

The relay finishes at 10am tomorrow.

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- The Timaru Herald


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