Go purple for Relay for Life

Finn (7) and Lana (6) Blizzard, are ready to Relay and are ready for their Purple Day at Young North Public School on March 26
Finn (7) and Lana (6) Blizzard, are ready to Relay and are ready for their Purple Day at Young North Public School on March 26

The countdown is on for the Young Relay for Life and the local committee don’t want you to miss out.

This year’s event is earmarked for March 29-30 (from 10am Saturday to 10am Sunday).

So far there are 19 local teams registered, totalling 145 participants and hefty $9006 in the bank.

Five major sponsors (Young Services Club, McAlister Motors, SWSCU, Back to Back Financial Planners and NRG Fitness Centre) have also thrown their support behind the cause.

“Lots of local businesses are showing their support either with financial contributions or donations of goods and services,” one organiser Trude Blizzard said.

“The event is not just about the amazing experience of spending the weekend with people from your local community. It's also about the fun ways your team can raise money in the lead up to the day,” Trude said.

“Relays are truly amazing occasions where tears are shed, hopes are raised, fun is had and friendships are forged.”

Some people do it in memory of a loved who has passed away from cancer while others do it to show how proud they are at having survived cancer.  

Whatever your reason and age, Trude said the event is guaranteed fun.

She said it will be a safe event with plenty of entertainment and activities.

“It’s a true 24 hour event - we will be keeping the Relay alive overnight,” she said.

The Young Relay For Life committee is calling on locals to “paint the town purple”.

The “painting” has already began at our local primary schools, who will be hosting a purple day on Wednesday, March 26.

If you want to get involved, here’s what you need to do: 

* Get your teams in for a great community event! Next team info night is Tuesday, March 25, 7pm at the Young Services Club.

* Register online at http://relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2014/young_relay

* You can join  the Young Community Team if you are by yourself.

“Survivors and carers are our guests of honour and we warmly invite them all to join us for the first lap, our survivors and carers morning tea and some pampering in the pamper tent,” Trude said. 

She also said you don't have to be a Relay participant to come along on the day - all ceremonies, entertainment and activities are open to the public.