Relay for Life helps give cancer the heave-ho

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved in this year's Relay for Life.

With your help we all helped raise more than $150,000 for cancer research.

>> Click here for photos and videos from Gladstone's Relay for Life

Now in its 11th year we must all be happy with what is achieved with such a small number of people in our local area.

Think about it, there are places much bigger than us around Queensland with more people to participate who raise less money for this vital campaign so we all should be very proud.

To watch and see the raw emotion on stage Sunday morning when our wonderful organisers came to speak was a huge highlight.

It just shows how much they care not only for cancer research but also the fundraising group.

These people take time out of their daily lives to put together a wonderful highlight in the social calendar each year.

This year they've done a wonderful job putting teams together and making the 18-hour event run as smoothly as possible.

I want to say a huge thank you to many people including Rotary Sunrise for the welcome breakfast Sunday morning, Rob and Deb for being wonderful MCs through the time, and to each and every walker who was there with their batons I say thank you.

We've all got a story to tell when it comes to the Big C.

We've lost loved ones, we have friends and family battling at the moment, plus we may be doing it tough ourselves right now, but we all know being in this environment makes it a little less stressful for so many.

Lastly a huge thank you to Clare Wootton who I work with.

She organised our team starting many months ago getting team members to come on board, fundraising efforts, organising costumes and themes, to the getting the Fun Zone up and running during the event so that we could all let off some steam and have some laughs was just brilliant.

As a sign off I'd like to send a message to The Big C from my sister. You may keep trying but we'll meet you at every turn, without fail.

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