Liverpool Plains Relay for Life kicks off at Quirindi Rugby Club

Walking tall: The Liverpool Plains Relay for Life will begin as always with a lap for survivors and carers at the Quirindi Rugby Ground on Saturday.
Walking tall: The Liverpool Plains Relay for Life will begin as always with a lap for survivors and carers at the Quirindi Rugby Ground on Saturday.

Over 220 people will be doing laps at Quirindi over the weekend as the biannual Relay for Life hits the Rugby Ground.

While the committee were always expecting the community event to draw a smaller crowd during the drought, Cancer Council community relations manager Samantha Crawley said they were excited to see 22 teams register.

We were expecting it to be smaller than usual, but have got 228 signed up which is great.

Samantha Crawley

The teams will take turns to walk laps of the rugby ground non-stop for 18 hours, while the sidelines and clubhouse will be awash with fun and entertainment, all in the name of raising funds and awareness.

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On Saturday local cancer survivor and special guest Esta Stennett will do the honours of cutting the ribbon, before the traditional survivors and carers lap as the teams prepare to hit the course.

Entrants and supporters will “glamp out” under the stars while they are not walking, with live entertainment, bbq’s and kids activities going right through.

On Saturday night a sombre candle lit ceremony will be held to “reflect on loved ones that have been lost”, followed by a silent lap in the dark, with Hope Bags lining the track.