The 2016 Port Augusta Relay for Life was full of colour and high spirits, raising about $8000 for Cancer Council SA.
The year-long fundraising effort reached its climax on Saturday October 15 with the relay starting from Port Augusta Secondary School at 10am.
The walk saw volunteers dressed as hippies from the 60s, ninjas and minions walk through parts of Port Augusta, hosting a lunch in Lions Park.
At around 5pm there was a cancer survivors and carers walk around Gladstone Square and both Port Augusta bridges.
About 50 people volunteered their time in the testing conditions, but event Coordinator Helen Murphy said spirits stayed strong.
Everyone was a bit pooped at the end of the day but we all got through because we remembered why we’re doing it
“And it makes you push yourself a bit harder and you think well there’s a good reason why we’re doing this.”
Later in the evening candle-bags were lit in respect of people lost to cancer or currently suffering from cancer.
Helen said each bag had around 1-2 candles inside, showing cancer has and continues to hit the Port Augusta hard.
All funds raised go towards Cancer Council SA, funding imporant services for regional South Australians receiving cancer treatment such as Cancer Council Lodges.
Cancer Council Lodges offer a ‘home away from home’ for guests, and provide access to free transport to cancer treatment centres and to a social worker for support during their stay.
In the last 12 months, 1,158 room nights of accommodation was provided to guests from Port Augusta.
Local musicans Andrew Hill and Tahlia also performed to finish off another amazing Port Augusta Relay for Life.
If you’re interested in being part of future Relay For Life events, contact Helen Murphy via phone (0419 820 774), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact the Port Augusta Relay For Life Facebook Page.
It’s a relatively low-intensive volunteering program with the Relay for Life the only major project demanding time commitment.