Published on 29 July 2014
Teams of students and staff at the University of the Sunshine Coast are picking up the pace in preparation for the USC Relay For Life to be held on 29-30 August.
This is the fourth year USC has hosted the Cancer Council Queensland fundraising event and organisers are encouraging the community to support the cause.
USC’s School of Business Deputy Head, Dr Peter Baxter, said this year’s goal was to have at least 20 teams and a total of around 300 people participating.
“Since 2011, the USC Relays have attracted a total of 72 teams with 860 participants coming together to raise a total of $79,209 for Cancer Council Queensland,’’ he said.
“We hope this year to host our biggest event ever to support this great cause.”
Teams taking part in the USC Relay for Life will work together to keep batons moving around the University’s athletics track from 7pm to 7am.
One of the students on USC’s organising committee, Kelsey Moore, 23, of Buderim, who is studying a combined Arts and Business degree, said she had a range of reasons for wanting to get involved.
“A number of people in my life have been affected by cancer and I wanted to do something to help,” Kelsey said.
“I took part in the first Relay For Life at USC and it was a great experience. The Candlight Ceremony was very moving.
“I also attended a relay fundraiser when I travelled to Japan on USC’s GO Program and that was really inspiring. There was a 90-year-old man there who had survived cancer five times and he walked with us all night.”
Cancer Council Queensland Relay For Life Coordinator Tom Turner said that in 2011 USC was the first university in Queensland to stage a relay event, but others across the state had now also grabbed the baton.
“Most people get involved because they have lost someone to cancer or know someone whose life has been affected by it and they want to raise funds to help find a cure,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
More information on how to get involved with Cancer Council Queensland’s Relay For Life is available on their website.
– David Cameron