FOR the first time since 2015, Chinchilla’s Lions Club and Cancer Council branch will be co-hosting a Relay for Life fundraising event to aid cancer research.

The Chinchilla ‘Mini’ Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, October 30 at the historic Clover Hill Ranch on Braithwaite St, and will be one of more than 200 Cancer Council relay events held across the country this year.

Teams and individuals can participate. A relay course is marked out at Clover Hill Ranch around which participants can walk or jog in a symbol of support for cancer survivors and cancer research.

President of the Chinchilla branch of the Cancer Council, Lorna Gadsby, said the committee had been keen for some to re-start the event, not only for for fundraising, but also for educational purposes.

“When I started volunteering for the Cancer Council 50 years ago, we were losing more kids to leukemia than we were saving, but the investment in research has done amazing things to improve research over the years,” Ms Gadsby said.

“This event next weekend will be great for the community. It gives everyone who’s been affected by cancer and their families to come together and raise valuable funding.

“It will be a fun day of family, food, friendship and fitness.”

The event will run from 9am to 9pm, with live entertainment and food stalls operating all day. A morning tea celebrating local cancer survivors and carers will be held at 10am.

From 6.30pm a candlelight ceremony will be held, followed by creekside Dinner under the Stars (tickets $30 per person). On the menu is smoked Wagyu donated and prepared by Clover Hill Meats.

Each year Relay for Life raises millions of dollars towards funding research prevention campaigns and support services for those affected by cancer.

For every $1 donated, 85c is spent directly on cancer research, prevention programs and support services.

An event Facebook page has been set up. Visit the page HERE for more information on registration and fundraising options.

A fundraising page has also been set up via the Cancer Council website.

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