ORGANISERS of Lancefield’s Relay for Life have rescheduled the event, originally planned for February 27, to October, after uncertainty regarding COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.
Relay for life is an annual event celebrated by more than four million people worldwide walking together in unity overnight to remember survivors or battlers of cancer, while fundraising for Cancer Council research.
Cancer Council Victoria community engagement manager Cara Davey said the safety and wellbeing of the Relay for Life volunteers and participants was the most important consideration in the decision.
“While we are disappointed that the Lancefield Relay for Life will not be going ahead as planned, we are mindful that many who attend our events may have compromised immune systems and could be at a higher risk. We want to do our best to protect them,” she said.
Ms Davey said an exact date was yet to be confirmed, but the Cancer Council would continue to monitor COVID conditions and hope to go ahead with the event in October.
“We know this is a really difficult and uncertain time for people,” she said.
“Please be assured that Cancer Council continues to be present in the Lancefield community, supporting all residents who rely on our services as normal, such as our 13 11 20 service for anyone who needs cancer information and support.”
Money already raised this year, including through registration fees, will go towards cancer research, prevention and support services for all people impacted by cancer.
Ms Davey said the date change would not affect registrations or fundraising and all funds made a valuable difference.
“I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to fundraising and planning for this event so far,” she said.
“We greatly encourage all teams to bank any fundraising they have so far and continue their amazing efforts as we look ahead to October.
“COVID-19 greatly impacted the number of Victorians taking part in cancer screening programs last year, as well as the number of people going to their doctor if they had symptoms or noticed a change. This could mean potentially later diagnoses and worse outcomes for people affected by cancer.
“Now more than ever we need your support to continue providing our vital services to cancer patients and their families.
“Thank you for all your wonderful work in the fight back against cancer through Relay for Life, and for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.”
For more information about Relay for Life, people can visit relayaustralia.com.au or call 1300 656 585.