15 April 2013
University of the Sunshine Coast staff and students are already off and racing to fundraise for the upcoming USC Relay For Life on May 10-11.
The annual event, organised by the Cancer Council Queensland, is aiming to attract 30 registered teams and to raise more than $30,000.
USC Senior Lecturer in Accounting Dr Peter Baxter said fundraising was well underway for his team, the Ab FABs, which includes more than a dozen staff from USC’s Faculty of Arts and Business.
“It’s a fun initiative, which gets all the students, staff and community together to raise funds for a common goal – to fight back against cancer,” he said.
“This year, the Ab FABs are aiming to raise $3,000 for the Cancer Council and we’re challenging all USC staff, students and graduates to get involved in a relay that really makes a difference to those in our community affected by cancer.”
Dr Baxter said his team’s fundraising efforts had included an Easter raffle at the end of March and a trivia night to be held on campus on 27 April.
The USC Relay for Life will include teams of 10 to 15 people working together to keep batons moving around the University’s athletics track in a relay-style walk or run from 7pm to 7am.
Cancer Council Queensland Relay For Life Coordinator Sara Morley said USC was the only university in Queensland to stage a relay of this type for the community.
“The Cancer Council Queensland’s Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser,” she said.
“It is an opportunity to get together with your community and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back against a disease that takes too much.”
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill encouraged staff and students to get behind this event as participants or through sponsorship of participants.
“Cancer affects many people, and this relay is one way we can help combat the disease by raising funds for research and community awareness.”
For more information contact Sara Morley on 5451 6000 or visit www.relayforlife.org.au
— Jessica Halls