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Walk against cancer this weekend

Walking against cancer as part of the relay for life. Image: Contributed.
Hundreds will take to the Yamba Public School playground on Saturday to walk again cancer as part of the 2017 Lower Clarence Relay for Life. The event will be held from midday to 9.30pm, after previously being postponed. The much-anticipated community event will be on the Yamba Public School oval and undercover area with teams taking part in a relay-style walk to raise funds to support Cancer Council NSW. The Lower Clarence Relay for Life is currently at 94 per cent of its goal of $70,000, with 33 teams, 319 participants raising $66,070 so far. The funds raised at the relay will help Cancer Council NSW provide support, programs and services for people going through their cancer journey, their family and carers in the Clarence Valley, and to continue vital research to one day beat cancer. “Even though we have shortened the event for our new date, it will still be an incredible experience and a great day out for the whole family,” said committee chair Lorraine Breust. “There will be beautiful ceremonies, a great local entertainment schedule and lots of great food and entertainment for the kids.” People can still register online until 10am on Thursday 11th May, or people can register on the day from 9am on Saturday. Or, just come along and have a look and enjoy some food, entertainment and goodies that the teams will be selling. The Relay for Life will start with an Opening Ceremony at 12pm, reading of the Relay For Life Oath, cutting the official starting ribbon and the opening lap dedicated to cancer survivors, carers and patients in the local community. The Candlelight Ceremony (or Hope Ceremony) starts at 5pm, just on dusk, and is a beautiful and powerful time for participants to remember those lost to cancer, to support those still fighting the disease and to honour those who have fought in the past. Candle bags and candles will be placed on the track and lit before the ceremony as a tribute. Local speakers will be sharing their stories of overcoming cancer at this moving ceremony. The Closing Ceremony will begin at 9.30pm. It is a time for reflection, awards, prize giving and of course to thank the wonderful volunteers, sponsors and the local community for coming together to support one another. The amount raised for the relay will be announced and the community will take the track for the final lap.