Declaring (tug-of-)war on cancer at Relay for Life

THIS MEANS WAR: The Cancer Council's Ricky Puata and Wes Vane along with members of Orange Emus Rugby Club ahead of the Relay for Life tug-of-war.
THIS MEANS WAR: The Cancer Council's Ricky Puata and Wes Vane along with members of Orange Emus Rugby Club ahead of the Relay for Life tug-of-war.

BUSINESSES, community groups and sporting teams are set to go head to head in the name of a good cause.

Relay for Life committee members are encouraging members of the community to sign up for the tug-of-war fundraiser.

Competitions will be held on the day and will raise money for the Cancer Council.

Relay for Life chairman Terry Betts said everyone had the ability to be a good ally to those living with cancer.

“We may not be superheroes but we have superpowers,” Mr Betts said.

“We have the ability to listen, spread warmth, bring laughter, inspire, offer support and be there to lift one and others spirits.”

Mr Betts said strangers were set to become friends during the tug-of-war and wider annual event.

“This year's Relay tears will be shed, stories told, friendships formed, energy levels falling and rising but the power of joining together for a common purpose has no equal,” he said.

“I have learned that we cannot change what is, nor can we control what is to come.”

Mr Betts said while the event was not easy, participants were well-supported.

“We can lift our weary heads and take it step by step, and even when we are tugged backward by the overwhelming struggles and pain, we can be there for one and other to hold out our hands and pull each other forward,” he said.

“Relay For Life is not easy, you have the emotional highs, the lows, and the 4am exhaustion however it is an event like no other.”

We have the ability to listen, spread warmth, bring laughter, inspire, offer support and be there to lift one and others spirits.

Relay for Life chairman Terry Betts

Mr Betts said the camaraderie of the event was second to none.

“A weekend that allows us to share, remember and form lifelong friendships,” he said.

“At 4am when our feet ache and our bodies say no more, we turn to others also walking the track to lift us up and encourage us to carry on.”

Entry to the tug-of-war is $50 and teams will go into the running to win prizes worth $500.

Visit www.relayforlife.org.au/orange to register your team.

Alternatively you can fill out a form at the Cancer Council office, which is located above the Service NSW office on the corner of Lords Place and Kite Street.

Relay for Life will be held at Waratahs Sports Ground on April 1 and April 2.