THIS year’s Gawler Relay For or Life event, to be held this weekend, will be especially significant for one regular participating team, which lost a member to cancer in the lead-up to the event.
Now into its 10th year, the local Cancer Council relay event will be the seventh for which Amy Weatherley, a staff member at Evanston-based Stepping Stone Childcare and Early Development centre, has organised her team – Amy’s Crew.
While she said the team has always been focused on raising awareness and funds for the Cancer Council, this year the cause is closer to team members’ hearts.
“In our group, there have been a few people who have lost relatives in the past to cancer, and recently we’ve just lost one of the ladies who we’ve done (the relay) with – we just lost her in the past week to it,” Ms Weatherley said.
“So, it’s pretty close to home at the moment.
“That gives us all the more reason to do what we can.”
After raising $580 by running a ‘walkathon’ with students and staff at the Evanston childcare centre yesterday, Amy’s Crew has now smashed its goal of raising $2000, and is on track to reach $15,000 of funds raised over the seven-year period it’s participated in Gawler Relay for Life.
The team has achieved this feat through a number of fundraising activities including a market night and yesterday’s walkathon, and is holding a movie night at Gawler Cinema tonight to continue this momentum.
With a team of 20 people, Amy’s Crew will feature Ms Weatherley’s work colleagues and their friends and family, which include a number of younger children – some of whom the team members have seen grow over the years that they’ve participated in the relay.
Gawler Relay For Life team co-ordinator Nikki Ryan said this year’s event will involve 50 teams – more than the usual amount of around 30 – because it will take in the Barossa and northern Adelaide regions as well, for the first time.
She said there will still be time to enter a new, or join an existing, team right up to the relay starting point, and that cancer survivors or carers are encouraged to attend.
“If anybody is a survivor or carer and would like to attend, they’re more than welcome to,” Ms Ryan said.
“They get in for free, they do a lap of honour and they get an afternoon tea – all they have to do is email email@example.com”
The relay, which is being held in Gawler’s Princes Park, kicks off at 2pm on Saturday and runs continuously for 19 hours.
“That’s actually to show that cancer doesn’t sleep,” Ms Ryan said.
To find out more, visit relayforlife.org.au and search for the Gawler event, where you will find details about all the teams involved, including Amy’s Crew.