Just going through my photos from last half of 2016 and was surprised to realise that I had not blogged about the Border Relay for Life. With mum passing away last year to cancer this event was a significant family event for us. It was a chance to spend time with those that had overcome cancer and those who had lost someone to cancer and to raise money for cancer research over the 24 hour relay.
My aim was achieved which was to run 68km being 1km for each year of mum’s life. This was 170 laps of the oval which I finished at 2:40am Sunday morning after a 10am Saturday morning start.
Emily started with me and lasted a few hours but then pretty much left me to do it on my own from lunch time Saturday.
Relay For Life began in the USA in May 1985 when colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, wanted to raise awareness of cancer and boost the income of his local cancer charity. He spent a gruelling twenty-four hours circulating a track in Tacoma, Washington, and raised over US$27,000, and showed that one person really can make a difference.
Since then, Relay For Life has become the largest fundraising event for cancer in the world. Celebrated by more than 4 million people in over 20 countries, this inspirational overnight event empowers and unites local communities to fight cancer.
Relay For Life began in Australia in 1999 when the Victorian community of Murrumbeena raised over $75,000 for Cancer Council. The Border Relay (Albury – Wodonga Region) is where we ran and in 2016 it raised over $407,000.