Relay cash total 'overwhelming'

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 29/03/2014

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Money from this year's Relay for Life South Canterbury is starting to roll in, giving organisers thousands of reasons to smile.

The annual event, which took place at Caroline Bay on March 8-9, has so far raised $135,000.

Publicity chairwoman Janine Tindall-Morice said the result so far had been overwhelming.

More than 1800 people took part in the relay, which began at 4pm on the Saturday and continued until 10am on the Sunday.

She said it was evident to organisers that the community appreciated the need for cancer awareness, to celebrate those who have survived cancer, to remember those lost to cancer and the need to fight back.

"And, so is the need to fundraise to enable the Cancer Society to continue supporting those affected by cancer, providing advocacy for cancer patients and educating the public so as to minimise the risk," she said.

Money raised by the event is still rolling in.

It will go towards funding services provided by the local Cancer Society centre.

Those services include volunteer drivers, accommodation costs for out-of-town treatments, counselling, practical and emotional support, the 0800 number, information resources, health promotion programmes and supporting the volunteer programme.

"The list goes on," she said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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