Local Australians, whose lives have been touched by Cancer, will once again be recognised at Relay for Life community events being held across the nation.
This year, Bankstown City Council is calling on local residents to take a lead role in this event by raising much needed funds and creating their own relay teams.
“Everyone’s life has been touched to some degree by Cancer, whether it be directly or through a loved one,” said the Mayor of Bankstown Clr Khal Asfour.
“By participating in Relay for Life we can show our support for Cancer patients and their families, while also raising much needed funds and celebrating the reality that more people are surviving this sickness today.
“I would like to encourage the Bankstown community to get actively involved in this great initiative, and join the thousands of other Australians doing their bit in the fight against cancer,” Mayor Asfour said.
In Bankstown, teams or supporters will take to the Crest Athletics Complex for a mixed day of emotions, memories, celebrations and to raise much needed funds for Cancer research.
" Relay for Life is a time when as a community, with a common goal, we come together to not only raise funds for the fight against Cancer, but to celebrate with those who have beaten the disease, support those fighting it and remember our loved ones we have lost," said the Bankstown Relay for Life Event Organiser Koula Thambyah.
"By being relayers, we are a part of a world-wide family, joined by our common purpose and loss, as well as jubilation when someone close beats it. Once you become part of the relay family you don't leave it, you are drawn to relay year after year," she said..All proceeds raised from the event will go towards providing practical support and information for cancer patients and their families, health promotion to reduce risks of getting cancer and funding for cancer research.
The Bankstown Relay for Life will start at the Crest Athletic Complex at Georges Hall at 10am on Saturday 26 November, with a Candlelight Ceremony of Hope to be held from 8pm.
To find out more about Bankstown’s Relay for life event go to www.bankstown.nsw.gov.au or contact Council on 9707 9999.