Vicki Begbie makes sure she has enough energy by stopping for a meal break at John Arkan?s Curried Away stall.
Vicki Begbie makes sure she has enough energy by stopping for a meal break at John Arkan?s Curried Away stall.

Relay walkers to feel it today



MARGARET White's boss will forgive her if she is a little slow at moving around the office today.

After all, she did spend 24 hours out of her weekend walking around Advocate Park as part of the Coffs Harbour Relay for Life event.

"I thought it was a great cause and wanted to give it my best shot," Ms White of Coffs Harbour's MBT Group said on what made her decide to walk the 24 hours by herself.

"I went out with the intention of going for as long as I felt comfortable, which I did for most of the way, but the last 10 minutes were hard."

Ms White joined more than 800 participants in the event, which at last count yesterday had raised $77,200 for cancer research, education, support services and advocacy.

That total will rise over the coming weeks with donations still rolling in.

Despite the fact that rain fell for most of the 24 hours, Relay for Life public relations organiser Megan Hill said the wet did nothing to dampen the great spirit.

"Everything went as planned. Even with the rain, we had more than 50 people register on the day, and the teams all got out there," she said.

"It says a lot about the importance of this event to the community when there are 250 to 300 people walking their laps in the middle of the night."

And it seems the rain might have even added something special to the event.

"The Candlelight Ceremony of Hope took place under a mist of rain. It was absolutely magic," Ms Hill said.



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