Baton passes to Avenel - Thomas Hinss

September 14, 2017

The 10th annual Seymour Relay for Life has a new date and new location, and is set to be held in Avenel in April.

The Relay for Life never ends — the baton from the major cancer research fundraiser is passed from individual to individual, family to family and most recently generation to generation.

And the 10th annual Seymour Relay for Life event needs your help to ensure the chain remains unbroken and the good work that relies so heavily on the public goes on.

Seymour Relay for Life has a new date and a new location — it has moved to April and will now be held in Avenel.

‘‘We heard overwhelming feedback from the community that the event being held in the second half of the year was not working due to clashes with footy finals, so after careful consideration, we decided to change it back to April, as it used to be a few years ago, to give it the best possible chance for success in the future,’’ Cancer Council Victoria’s Seymour event co-ordinator Kitty Howard said.

‘‘There was unfortunately no suitable venues in Seymour available to us at that time of year to suit the criteria that we needed.

‘‘We were lucky enough to have Avenel available to us, so it is still Seymour Relay For Life, supporting the people of Seymour and surrounds, just a short drive down the road.’’

Next year’s relay at Avenel has never been so important. Mitchell Shire is still averaging more than 200 new cancer cases every year.

Ms Howard said all money raised at Avenel will be money to fight cancer in the region through the CCV’s research, prevention and support services.

‘‘We need the community to rally around this event so we can hopefully expand it again, getting it back to the size of recent years,’’ Ms Howard said.

‘‘Changes have been made to it with its reduction in size so we really need the community to get re-engaged with it so it can grow once again.’’

The event offers participants a chance to raise the funds in a way like no other, being able to push themselves to the limit — or electing to take a more sedate approach.

It is, Ms Howard said, what makes the event so appealing — you can do everything at your own pace.

‘‘The relay gives people a chance to have a much more personal experience while raising funds at the same time,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s important for people in the community to be able to share these experiences and bond through them.’’

Ms Howard said the number of charities and fundraising events which are happening these days make it hard to keep them all in motion.

‘‘It gets tough in the saturated charity market we have nowadays to stay relevant and keep the community involved, especially with events like this which rely so heavily on that,’’ she said.

‘‘We are lucky to have such a distinctive event and I think that’s been really important for keeping it going.’’

However, more volunteers are still needed to run the event and ensure it goes as smoothly as possible.

‘‘We want volunteers who are passionate about the community and helping it out in any way they can,’’ Ms Howard said.

‘‘Without these people to assist in running it, the event wouldn’t be possible and it’s future won’t be secure.’’

●If anyone wants to assist with the relay or find out more information, phone Kitty on 95146336 or email

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