31st March 2020
Grafton Relay For Life have announced an all new movement, Hope at Home, to enable the community to show their support despite cancellation of the Relay due to COVID-19.
Given the high risk to public health currently posed by COVID-19, Cancer Council NSW made the decision to postpone the Grafton Relay For Life, due to take place on April 4th & 5th at Jabour Park, South Grafton.
The Hope at Home initiative will allow the Grafton community to continue to celebrate the Relay and support those who have been impacted by cancer.. Those who choose to take part will receive their HOPE kit, containing a HOPE bag and LED candle to go inside. Messages of hope can be written on the bags, which can be placed in a window to show hope to the community.
Community Relations Coordinator, Erin Turnbull, said “Nothing is more important to Cancer Council NSW than the health of our volunteers, staff and supporters – safety must come first. It is for this reason we made the difficult decision to cancel the event. However, we are excited to launch our new Hope at Home movement to bring our Relay community together in these uncertain times.
We have sent a complimentary Hope at Home kit to all our Relay Team Captains, and others wishing to get involved can purchase a kit online or donate. This is your chance to come together as a community and acknowledge cancer patients on the original night of Relay, or anytime over the next few months – it’s going to be a beautiful way to show each other we are here.”
For anyone wanting to support the Hope at Home initiative, you can register at any time and purchase your Hope at Home kit or donate via the link below; give.cancercouncil.com.au/hopeathome
“The Hope at Home initiative was born in the Byron Bay office of Cancer Council but is now spreading and is being delivered across New South Wales. Therefore, we have chosen another date to honour cancer patients and Cancer Council during these unprecedented times. Please feel free to light your candle again on the day of Wednesday 29 April 2020 at 6pm in unison with others that are showing their support” said Cancer Council Community Lead, Caitlyn Feldmann.
Cancer Council NSW are continuing to monitor the situation and follow health advice from the NSW and Federal Governments. Therefore, once a suitable new date has been decided for the Grafton Relay For Life, this will be communicated accordingly to all involved. All funds raised so far have been put towards lifesaving work in cancer research, community prevention programs and information and support services.
To register your team for the Grafton Relay For Life today, please contact Erin Turnbull at Cancer Council NSW on 6639 1300 or visit www.cancercouncil.org.au/graftonrelay