Relay for Life raises $125,000

21:36, Mar 09 2014
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Siobhan O'Connor, left, with her sister Emily, who started the 2104 Timaru Relay For Life by cutting the ribbon.
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The survivors' lap kicks off the first lap of the 2014 Timaru Relay For Life.
timaru relay for life 2014
The survivors' lap kicks off the first lap of the 2014 Timaru Relay For Life.
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Teams get underway at the 2014 Timaru Relay For Life.
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Radius Elloughton Gardens' Busy Bees team at the 2014 Timaru Relay for Life held at Caroline Bay.
timaru relay for life 2014
Kevin Nevin pushes Phil Burredge from the Highfield Rest Home at the 2014 Relay for Life held at Caroline Bay.
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Bluestone School at the 2014 Timaru Relay for Life held at Caroline Bay.
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Noone Ford Simpson dressed in Where's Wally outfits at the 2014 Relay for Life held at Caroline Bay.
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Noone Ford Simpson dressed in Where's Wally outfits at the 2014 Relay for Life held at Caroline Bay.
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Greer Glentworth, left, and Sarah McLeod, the Craighead Croc, at the 2014 Relay for Life held at Caroline Bay.
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The 2014 Timaru Relay for Life at Caroline Bay.
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Opihi College dressed in their onesies at the 2014 Timaru Relay for Life held at Caroline Bay.

About $125,000 was raised for the Cancer Society at the Relay for Life.

Cancer society manager Gabrielle Hall said while they don't have a final figure, the 82 teams that took part included 35 representing "the cream of South Canterbury's youth."

She said the atmosphere at Caroline Bay was amazing and there were teams that were experiencing the event for the first time.

Mackenzie Smith holds hands with Fredge, a fruit and vegetable man promoting 5+ a day, along with Cancer Society staff member Leola Smith
COMMUNITY BACKED EVENT: Mackenzie Smith holds hands with Fredge, a fruit and vegetable man promoting 5+ a day, along with Cancer Society staff member Leola Smith at the 2014 Relay for Life at Caroline Bay.

People were blown away with the emotion generated by the candle-light ceremony and the first lap of the relay which was done by over 200 cancer survivors and their 100 supporters, she said.

"They were led by three beautiful clydesdale horses."

Over 1800 people took part in the relay which began at 4pm on Saturday and continued until 10am yesterday.

A little drizzle yesterday morning did not dampen spirits.

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