Gloria Pearson and Robyn Wallace from Maryborough with North Burnett's Ray Hutchinson who travelled to the Maryborough Relay for Life to participate for more than a decade.
Gloria Pearson and Robyn Wallace from Maryborough with North Burnett's Ray Hutchinson who travelled to the Maryborough Relay for Life to participate for more than a decade. Alistair Brightman

How we can bring a Relay for Life to Gayndah

ONE of the downsides to living in the North Burnett is that you often miss the opportunity to attend large events popular in the cities.

Cancer Council Queensland wants to help change this and if the community is willing to help out, they want to bring a Relay for Life to Gayndah.

There are locals of the North Burnett currently battling cancer, and a Relay for Life would not only raise vital funds for cancer patients but provide an opportunity for those affected to unite and share their struggles.

"Relays are really unique events in the way they bring communities together for one common cause, it's an all ages event so you can have anyone from toddlers attending the event to 90-year-olds,” Cancer Council Queensland's Jillian Huth said.

"We have heard that there has been quite a bit of interest in Relay for Life in the North Burnett, so we're just wanting to make sure the people who live there get the opportunity to participate without driving two hours to Bundaberg or Hervey Bay.

"We just want to bring it closer and make it more accessible for locals.”

Ms Huth said CCQ is currently looking for a volunteer committee and, while the event will be held in Gayndah, volunteers can come from right across the region as they hope all towns from across the North Burnett will participate.

They need five to ten people to some forward, in order form a committee and the event to go ahead.

"We have had a few people already come forward which is very exciting, but we will need some more volunteers moving forward,” Ms Huth said.

"We are aiming to have it up and running for the second half of next year, just depending on whether we can get a committee together.

"But we will take our lead from the community. If they're not interesting then we will walk away, we won't be pressuring people to be involved.”

Ms Huth said once they've got the committee together they will be looking for people who want to participate.

"So local businesses, community groups, individuals and schools who would like to register a team and be involved as participants,” she said.

The volunteer committee would work together, using their local knowledge, to figure out event logistics.

"Making sure that we've got a good venue with toilets, somewhere we could hold an afternoon tea, organising food for participants who will be there, staging and sound and having local artists to come and perform to entertain those who are walking around the track,” Ms Huth said.

"Just making sure that's it's a really great experience and getting the rest of the community involved with it.”

If you are interested in being involved phone Jillian Huth on 07 4150 4509 or 0448 356 109, or email jillianhuth@cancerqld.org.au


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