Cancer Society calls for overnight Relay for Life entries

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Northland Relay for Life participants Robyn Younger and Ben Smedley smile through the 24-hour team event.
Northland Relay for Life participants Robyn Younger and Ben Smedley smile through the 24-hour team event.

There may still be more than five months to go, but the Cancer Society is encouraging teams to register now for the region's famous overnight relay.

Northland's Relay for Life will celebrate its 11th anniversary on April 1 next year, but community fundraising co-ordinator Natasha Buck said there was no time like the present to get involved.

"It's a lot easier if they get the team established before Christmas. We always find in the New Year it becomes a lot harder."

Seven teams had already signed up for the Cancer Society flagship fundraiser.

They will be amongst the hundreds of people aiming to beat this year's impressive effort of $110,000 of donations.

"We normally get around 50 [teams], so there's a way to go," Ms Buck said.

Funds raised from the 18 hour event benefit the Northland and Auckland area, as many patients from the north ended up having parts of their treatment in Auckland.

The event will start at 4pm and run over night to 10am Sunday.

"It's a fun event," Ms Buck said. "We celebrate survivors, remember lost ones and fight back against cancer."

She said this year's event was based around the concept of "everyone involved being a superhero". "Whether they want to be an unsung hero or someone shouting from the roof tops," she said.

Teams who registered in November would receive free sunscreen and would go in the draw to win a VIP breakfast.

Relay for Life Northland is at Trigg Sports Arena, April 1 and 2, 2017.

Register online at www.relay.org.nz or call the Whangarei office on 09 437 5593.

- Northern Advocate

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