Graveyard shift: Sleepwalkers team members Starcia Zygalkski and Karrie Varley.
Graveyard shift: Sleepwalkers team members Starcia Zygalkski and Karrie Varley. Trevor Veale

Relay for Life walkers raise $175k

WITH $175,126 raised and 1260 people pounding the track, the 2010 Coffs Harbour Relay for Life blew its budget out of the water and blitzed organisers’ predictions.

Cancer Council regional relay organiser Fiona Foulkes said the weekend event represented the largest number of people for the event, as well as the largest sum ever raised locally.

“It’s great to see everyone here, including survivors and carers,” she said.

Lynda Toohey, who is being treated for cancer, completed the full 24 hours up to 10am yesterday, accompanied by her two daughters and carers Jacqueline and Nicole.

“It’s the first time I’ve done the 24 hours and it was very emotional to see how many people have been touched by cancer,” Mrs Toohey said. She lost her husband to cancer in January.

Even those not up to walking found creative ways to help.

For the third year in a row, Sharon Fogarty was at the wheel of a golf cart and mini-trailer combination provided for the event by Coastal Golf Carts, which she used to move large items of equipment around for participants.

Mrs Fogarty said the rain had not affected people’s commitment to the event. The walkers included 45 cancer survivors, 47 carers and hundreds of high school students.



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