LEETON came together to remember, reflect and, more importantly, raise funds in the fight against cancer over the weekend.
The Cancer Council’s Relay for Life event in Leeton raised around $33,000, but that preliminary total could reach around $40,000 once final money is banked by participating teams.
Honours for the highest fundraising team went to Team Remembrance, who were walking in memory of two team members’ late fathers.
Kicking off at 3pm on Saturday with an opening ceremony, the overnight event officially concluded around 9.30am on Sunday.
Teams were exhausted, but happy with their efforts, according to Leeton Relay for Life Committee chairman Grace Capaldi.
“Yes, everyone was certainly very tired by Sunday morning, but everyone did such a fantastic job,” she said.
“It was an amazing effort from everyone.”
Organised by passionate volunteers, Leeton Relay For Life gave the community a chance to join forces in support of everyone affected by cancer.
In the process there were able to have fun at a community festival while raising money for the Cancer Council’s world-class research, prevention, advocacy and support services.
The funds are used to help residents in the local Leeton shire area.
Relay an emotional experience
AS THE sun rose over the town ovals on Sunday morning, the dawn of a new day brought a feeling of hope for those taking part in the Leeton Relay for Life event.
Those who participated spent the night camping at the grounds, walking lap-after-lap in memory of those who have lost their battle with cancer, but also showing support to those still fighting.
One of the highlights of this year’s event was the hope ceremony.
“The hope ceremony is always very emotional,” Leeton committee chairman Grace Capaldi said.
“It’s a very quiet moment where a lot of reflection happens.”
The Leeton Pipe Band played during the ceremony, while a slideshow of loved ones who lost their fight with cancer also screened.
However, Relay for Life isn’t just about remembering those who have passed away, but celebrating survivors, carers and raising money in the process.
Community spirit shone through during the event, with many smiles all round.
Mrs Capaldi was hopeful even more teams would turn out again for the 2020 event.
“We had great support … next time we will try not to clash with the school holidays, but the weather was definitely nicer than in (February) 2016.
“We want to thank everyone who supported us. It was great.”
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