Relay on Track for 10 Years

Relay on Track for 10 Years When Rosemary Drabsch responded to an advertisement on a pay-slip promoting The Cancer Council ACT’s Relay For Life she had no idea that she would be still taking part in the event 10 years later. As captain of the ‘Bold Bandannas’ team Rosemary has organised nine successful Relay For Life teams, raising almost $100k in the process.

Relay For Life is the Cancer Council ACT’s annual 24 hour fundraising event celebrating it’s 10th anniversary at the AIS athletics track in Bruce on 27th and 28th March 2009. Rosemary and her team are easy to spot at the event – they’re the ones wearing colourful wigs, trousers sewn from bandanas and wide smiles. “Many of our team members have been personally affected by cancer’, says Rosemary, “and Relay For Life allows us to celebrate peoples’ survival stories and have some great fun in the process!” “We fundraise all year round for the event and have done everything from raffles, to tennis events and book sales.”

Cancer Council ACT spokesperson, Trevor Hickman, adds “Relay For Life is a great way for family, friends and other community members to get together and help the fight against cancer in their own neighborhood.” Relay For Life is a 24 hour, community event that raises funds for the Cancer Council. It is open to everyone, with teams of 10 or more challenging themselves to keep their baton moving in a relay-style walk or run. A programme of events are organised for the duration; bands such as ‘Queen Juanita and the Zydeco Cowboys’, ‘Sunchaser’ and ‘Canberra Elvis’ are appearing as well as drummers, yoga and performing arts.

All funds raised will go towards promoting a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the Canberra area through information, education, supportive care and lifesaving research.

A highlight of any Relay For Life event is the Survivors and Carers Walk, which honours those who have experienced cancer and allows the wider community to recognise their determination and strength.

Relay For Life also remembers loved ones lost and encourages community members to fight back against cancer.

Relay For Life also provides a great opportunity for community members to find out how they can cut their cancer risk and learn about the range of support programs available from the Cancer Council.

To get involved in Relay For Life call 1300 65 65 85, e-mail or visit


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