Numerous volunteer roles go into Relay for Life event

VOLUTNEERS: Gladstone Relay for Life event committee members.
VOLUTNEERS: Gladstone Relay for Life event committee members. Contributed

RELAY For Life is a unique event where the community comes together in a show of strength and goodwill to create hope for a cancer-free future.

The successful Gladstone branch shows the power of volunteering.

Marketing and media co-ordinator Hollie Hall said there are numerous volunteer roles that go into the event.

"As well as the 12 committee members and the two Faces of Relay, there are numerous volunteers who give up their time on the weekend of relay to help with set up, during the event and with pack up afterwards to ensure the event runs smoothly and successfully," she said.

"This is not to forget the participants themselves who give up their time all year round to raise funds for their teams, who spend hours making costumes, decorations and tasty treats to sell at their tents on the weekend of relay.

"Everyone has their own unique reason for volunteering when it comes to charities. However, what everyone has in common is that everyone knows someone touched by this dreadful disease."

Ms Hall became involved with Relay for Life in 2013 after a friend approached her to see if she would be interested in the marketing and media co-ordinator role due to her past experience in the field.

"In late 2011 and early 2012 I lost two family members to cancer and being involved in Relay for Life is such a nice way to honour them and their memory and proactively do something to help in the fight against cancer. Charity work is also good for the soul and very therapeutic," she said.

"The funds we raise go towards so many vital services - accommodation for patients and their families throughout treatment, counselling services, medical training and research not to mention education, early detection and prevention awareness programs. The money raised truly helps those in their time of need and their families to make the situation a little less daunting than it already is.

"I liaise with local media to promote Relay for Life, support the teams throughout the year to help them promote their fundraisers, maintain the Relay for Life Gladstone Facebook page and much more.

"I enjoy working with a bunch of people who have the same passion as I do to help make a difference. Every little bit helps!"

People interesting in volunteering can like Relay for Life Gladstone on Facebook and message their contact details to the committee.

So far there are 34 teams registered, which is 7 less than this time last year.

There has been $21,000 banked which is approximately $11, 000 more than this time last year.

Last year there were 69 teams and the goal for 2014 is to raise $210,000.

The 2014 event will be held at Chanel College on July 26 (3pm) - 27 (9am).

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