THE challenge of a different venue and competition with Saturday sports did little to dampen spirits as 53 teams took part in the 2018 Orange Relay for Life.
The event started the weekend at Orange Showground with more than $59,000 of its $100,000 total already raised and banked and by Sunday the total was up to $84,000.
Organisers thanked the participants for their efforts gathering teams and raising the money.
But special thanks was given to committee member Sandy Ostini, who is battling terminal breast cancer, for her 21 years of running Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events.
Mrs Ostini also branched out into Pink Ribbon Day and Daffodil Day and has been part of Relay for Life since its inception.
She had no idea how much she had raised in those years, but she was proud the Orange community’s relay efforts had yielded more than $1 million.
“Every dollar makes a big difference,” she said.
“I had family and friends with cancer and I found a flyer for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in my mailbox.”
Fundraising efforts continued throughout the day, with a number of raffles, bake sales and sausage sizzles.
Squad Up Archery Tag had one of the more unusual fundraising methods, offering archery target practice in exchange for donations.
Travis Collins paid $22 for the privilege of shooting the foam-tipped arrows at his friend.
Fiona Markwick said funds raised went towards transport for 88 cancer patients within 200 kilometres of Orange Health Service so they could access their treatment.
She said the Cancer Council would focus on advocacy against tobacco consumption and junk food marketing aimed at children, as well as better lymphedema services made available for recovering patients.