TEAM: Christie Roros, left, Luca Roros and Dot, Rebecca and Mitchell Capurso comprise the Relay for Life team, Mick’s Kitchen Ruled. A family day is set to kick-off the countdown for the Port Pirie leg of Relay for Life 2017.
Peopile are invited to join the celebrations from 10am on Saturday at Flinders Park.
Pony rides, two jumping castles, a live kick-boxing demonstration, stalls, barbecue and live entertainment are set for the event.
Relay for Life is a national series of events run by the Cancer Council to remember the lives of those lost to cancer and to raise moneyand awareness.
Secretary and teams coordinator for the Port Pirie event Tricia Cable said that the day wouldprovide a great opportunity for people to show support tosign up for the event.
“We always have so much fun on the night of the event … it is a great opportunity to meet new people and raise money for a great cause,” Ms Cable said.
The event will be held on April 8 next year at Woodwood Park with 10 teams already signed up to participate in the day-night event.
The money raised will directly support those in Port Piriewho need support while undergoing cancer treatment.Ms Cable said that the aim is to raise at least $70,000.
“All money raised from the Port Pirie event goes to people in Port Pirie who are undergoing cancer treatment,” Ms Cable said.
“The funds help put up people in Greenhill and Flinders Lodges in Adelaide while they undergo treatment in Adelaide.”
Dot Capurso has been a participant in Relay for Life since the beginning and said there are many benefits of participating in the event.
“Not only is it lots of fun, but you are ultimately working towards a cure for cancer,” she said.
Ms Capurso’s team Mick’s Kitchen Ruledis participating in next year’s event in remembrance of her late husband Michaelwho died of cancer.
“Hopefully, there will one day be a cure for cancerso other families will not have to go through the pain that my family went through,” shesaid.
The relay has been a success story for Port Pirie since itoriginated as a walkathon around Memorial Oval with participants sleeping out in tents and celebrating as the hours ticked by.The ceremony includes a tribute by candlelight to those who lost their battle with the disease.
The non-stop 24-hour event starts on the Saturday and ends on the Sunday morning with people walking or jogging throughout the night.
Already 10 teams have signed up for the challenge including Mick’s Kitchen Ruled.Supporters will wear “something purple” at the launch to highlight the cause and their participation in the event.
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