THE Orange and District Relay for Life will go ahead despite recent rain and the prediction for more this weekend.
There are 89 teams with 959 participants registered for the Cancer Council event at Waratah Sportsground, which will commence at 1.45pm today.
Relay for Life committee chair Terry Betts said the Waratah Sportsground was drying out and the event would be held regardless of the weather conditions.
“Cancer doesn’t take a day off because of the weather and neither will we,” he said.
The Survivors’ Walk will kick off the event and, following that, teams will walk the oval relay-style until 10am on Sunday.
Mr Betts said the committee’s aim was to have 100 teams at this year’s event and it was not too late to register.
He hopes the event will raise $170,000 for cancer research and support services.
The current fund-raising total is $71,368.10 and the Wentworth Golf Club team leads the fund-raising with $6407.60.
Mr Betts said people took part in the relay for a variety of reasons.
“The three principal reasons we relay are to celebrate, remember and fight back,” he said.
“Celebrate undergoing a battle and having survived, remember those that lost their battle and fight back against cancer through advocacy, information, support and research towards a cure.
“It’s a great opportunity to make new friends ... it’s a fun way to fundraise.”
Registrations will be accepted at the event until 1.30pm today. For more information visit www.relayforlife.org.au.