Merv, Reece and Nicole Castledine gave their candles a personal touch  at the Relay for Life.
Merv, Reece and Nicole Castledine gave their candles a personal touch at the Relay for Life.

Relay funds worth the walk



EIGHTEEN hours after it began, it had raised over $100,000 and produced some very tired but proud participants.

The 2005 Relay for Life exceeded all expectations, with 63 teams lining up for the event at the Chanel College oval on Saturday night to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Fund.

One of the event's organisers, Lynne Sibley, was over the moon yesterday, despite not getting any sleep during the night.

"It was excellent. We had 63 teams this year compared with 38 last year,'' she said.

"Everybody was very relaxed and had a great night.''

About 50 cancer survivors took to the track for the Survivors' Walk, giving hope to other sufferers.

Ms Sibley said it was positive that the face of the relay, Merv Casteldine, was also present and active on the night despite recently beginning treatment himself.

Ms Sibley made special mention of the QAL Search for a Cure team which raised more than $11,000, taking out the fundraising award.

With organisers buoyed by the success of this year's event, Ms Sibley said preparations for next year would begin in the near future.



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