MORE than 350 people are willing and waiting to walk the walk for the Tamworth Relay for Life which starts at 2pm on Saturday.
The annual walk-athon, this years held at the Tamworth Paceway, raises funds for the NSW Cancer Council.
“Relay For Life will kick off with an opening ceremony at 2pm before cancer survivors and carers take to the track for the first lap” Tamworth Cancer Council community relations coordinator Kate Dubois said.
“From about 2:30pm the afternoon’s live entertainment program will being provided by local bands and activities will include the famous Tug- a War, nearest the pin golf, the rock climbing wall, jumping castle and the usual fun of the fair.”
The crowd will assemble for the candlelight ceremony on dusk around 7.30pm.
Ms Dubois said the candlelight ceremony was highlight of Relay For Life and this year would pay special tribute to those we have lost to cancer with a screening of photos of loved ones.
Local Relay For Life Chairperson, Wayne Schwalbach said the event is more than a fundraiser.
“It is about thanking the community for the love and support given to the regions survivors and carers and making them feel like their journey has mattered and their stories are heard,” he said.
Mr Schwalbach said that participation in the relay was open to everyone and encouraged those who haven’t registered yet to come down and have a look at the afternoon’s festivities.
“The public is more than welcome to register on the day, walk a few laps, and support the teams’ fundraising efforts,” he said.
“Relay For Life is a family-friendly event and we like everyone to be able to enjoy a fun, safe atmosphere as we walk to raise money to defeat cancer.”