Dressing up made for a colourful scene at this year’s Relay for Life

Relay for Life raises $50,000

by Mike Isle

This year’s Selwyn Relay for Life in support of the Cancer Society was a shortened version following an earlier postponement because of the mosque attacks, but it still managed to raise $50,000, and climbing, for the society.

One of the organisers Emily Murdoch said the event was a great success, despite the postponement and chilly conditions.

“We had an amazing turnout with around thirty teams, and our track was full for the six hours of the event. Many of the walkers took on the challenge of doing as many laps as they can, with one participant reaching 56 kilometres in the six hours, which is just amazing” she said.

With many of the teams accepting the invitation to ‘costume up’ for the event, Brookside Park was a colourful site.

Mayor Sam Broughton, who opened the event, even seemed to have his own security detail made up of Stormtroopers and other characters from Star Wars.

Emily Murdoch said this year’s event had a special meaning for the society.

“It is the first event since we opened our new Selwyn centre. For many years we have been trying to achieve this and have been promising those at the relay that we will achieve it.

“We finally reached this goal, and it has been made especially possible through the contributions of events like Relay for Life.

“So, this year we celebrated that we have been able to achieve [the centre] and that the continued support from the Selwyn community through events like Relay for Life enables us to keep the centre open.”

Although the event is over for another year, anyone still wanting to make a donation to support the Cancer Society’s Selwyn Centre should go the society’s website cancernz.org.nz/ and search Relay for Life.