THE 2013 Orange and District Relay for Life is still 56 days away, but teams have already hit the fundraising trail with vigour as they attempt to reach the relay’s target of $150,000.
Rebecca Dodds’ team the Lapstars is leading the fundraising tally with more than $3500 already raised.
The team has eight members so far, made up of friends, family and workmates.
“We’ve just been selling chocolates and doing a few little bits and pieces at work,” Mrs Dodds said.
“Our main goal is to reach $10,000. If we get to $10,000 we’ve got a member, who’s going to register in the next couple of weeks, who has promised to get his whole body waxed.”
The Orange and District Relay for Life will be held over 18 hours from 2.45pm on Saturday, March 9, to 10am on Sunday, March 10, at Waratah sportsground.
Relay for Life is a community event where teams of family, friends and workmates take turns to walk or run around a local track.
Cancer Council western region community relations co-ordinator Camilla Barlow said all money raised from the Orange relay would help fund the Cancer Council’s research, support and education programs.
“You don’t have to run or walk the whole time, you don’t even have to camp out all night, although we encourage that,” she said.
“It’s just about coming along, getting involved and making a few steps for a fantastic cause that affects so many of us.”
As the Lapstars prepare to tackle the relay for the second year, Mrs Dodds encouraged anyone considering getting a team together for the relay to register now.
“We did it last year and it was really good fun, so we thought, why not?” she said.
“We’ll be there all day and night, it’s just such a great atmosphere.”
To register a team or donate to the relay visit www.relayforlife.org.au.