Tamworth Relay for Life calls for more walkers

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Hailey Ware, 9, Reece Ware, 9, Wayne Schwalbach and Sheri Ware will walk the relay. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090317GGH02
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Hailey Ware, 9, Reece Ware, 9, Wayne Schwalbach and Sheri Ware will walk the relay. Photo: Gareth Gardner 090317GGH02

IT’S a walk that unites the whole community and this year the Cancer Council is calling on more people to sign up for the Tamworth Relay for Life.

The big event will be held at the Tamworth Showground on Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2.

A little over $13,500 has been raised by about 32 teams to date, with calls for more locals to put a team together or join an existing relay squad to hopefully raise $70,000.

Some of the stand-out entry names so far include ‘Dental as anything’, ‘Midnight Walkers’ and ‘Thundercats’.

“Numbers for this year are looking similar to last year,” Cancer Council community relations coordinator Kate Dubois said.

“Over the last couple of weeks we have been running team information nights and a bit more momentum from that is starting to come in. We’re trying to build on last year, we’d certainly like it to be bigger, last year was quite low key.

“We are doing a lot of work with the committee with a lot of activities on the day, a lot of food throughout the event and we have worked quite hard on rejigging the ceremonies so they are quite enjoyable for everyone.”

Ms Dubois said online registrations will close on the Wednesday of the week of the event, but paper registrations for teams will be taken right up until the start of relay day.

“There’ll be some family friendly kids games happening in the middle of the track,” she said. “We’ve also been working hard on a lot more entertainment options, there’s a few musicians booked in and some dance performances too.

“We have several teams doing different food options, there’s some barbecues, spit roasts and we have a team doing curries, so there are plenty of food options available.”

Last year’s event was also held at the Tamworth showground, but Ms Dubois said this year’s track would make for a “smaller and more intimate” relay.

Registration for this year’s event is $20 per person and can be completed via the Cancer Council NSW website or at the Tamworth Showground on relay day.