Relay for Life amazes organisers

COLAC Relay for Life’s Team Kaz raised $24,200 for research into stomach cancer which claimed the life of Karen Finn. Karen’s husband Shannon Finn and sons Jayden, 4, and Keegan, 6 were proud of Team Kaz’s fundraising achievement.

LEUKAEMIA survivor, Barongarook’s Grace Harrington, 7, with sisters Edwina, 9, and Stella, 12 walked laps at Colac Otway’s Relay for Life to support the event.

CANCER survivors and supporters walk during the 2014 Colac Relay for Life.

CARERS of cancer sufferers from left, Kye Johnstone, Trent Mair and Tara Johnstone walk with cancer survivor Sharon Deppeler and proudly show their “hope” quilt at Colac Showgrounds.

COLAC district cancer survivors Mary Prime and Lavina Perkins walked in the annual Colac Otway Relay for Life.

COLAC’S Steve Nelson at the weekend’s Relay for Life event at Colac Showgrounds.

 

COLAC Otway Relay for Life organisers are amazed at raising more than $50,000 for cancer research.

Committee chairwoman Annette Ruhl said Sunday morning’s tally of $55,729.55 included $24,200 from Team Kaz and $5000 from the Pathological Walkers.

“Our goal was $50,000, that was amazing,” Mrs Ruhl said.

“The Colac community really came together,” she said.

At least 600 people in 32 teams walked laps of the Colac Showgrounds oval for 18 hours.

Mrs Ruhl said Team Kaz and Pathological Walkers could direct their funds to a specific cancer research project.

Cancer survivors and carers started the relay off, lights in paper bags lined the oval route and teams competed in activities to earn points.

Team Kaz won the passport points and highest fundraising awards.

The Spirit of Relay award went to the Colac and District Pastoral and Agricultural Society, which Mrs Ruhl said were “amazing” and had “just helped so much”.

Colac and district schools decorated “Hope” signs for the middle of the oval, with the Colac Specialist School taking out first prize, Colac Primary School was second and Sacred Heart Primary School was third.

Judges awarded the best tent to the CODA All Abilities team, while the best baton went to BP Family and Friends.

Organisers have another four weeks to finalise their fundraising tally.

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