October 6, 2023
It’s time again for the annual South Burnett Relay For Life fundraiser for Cancer Council Queensland … but it’s at a new venue!
T.J. O’Neill Oval (ie. the home of the Kingaroy Red Ants in Youngman Street) will be hosting this year’s event on Saturday.
Again, it won’t be running overnight but all the other usual activities will be taking place.
The opening ceremony will start at 2:00pm, followed by the Survivors’ Walk, led by this year’s Face Of Relay Dennis Cotter.
Dennis is a prostate cancer survivor and is committed to raising awareness and helping others beat cancer.
He was diagnosed at age 67 but is grateful that he had been cautious and had regular checkups from the age of 50 and annual tests after he turned 60.
“I strongly encourage everyone out there – especially from the age of 60 – to go and get full blood tests and your regular check-up,” Mr Cotter said.
“This is the problem, we don’t listen to our bodies, it will tell us when something is wrong, so please go and get your check-up. If you’re early, you can beat it.”
At 6:30pm, the Candlelight Ceremony will be held which remembers family members and friends who have lost their lives to cancer.
The organising committee is hoping to raise $115,000 with all funds going towards cancer research, prevention programs and support services.
They look set to bust that target, with more than $112,000 already raised, including a massive $41,372 from the Ride 4 Relay cycle trek.
More dollars will also be coming in from the “Cattle For A Cure” auction of two heifers on October 10 at the Murgon Sale Yards.
- Donations to support the South Burnett Relay For Life campaign can be made online