Relay for Life raises $45K

Face of Hope and cancer survivor Nat Wenke cuts the ribbon at the opening ceremony. 200871_02. Picture: STEWART CHAMBERS

By Brendan Rees

There was a sea of purple at Casey Fields as hundreds gathered to the 2019 Cranbourne-Narre Warren Relay for Life to raise money for the Cancer Council over the weekend of 16-17 November.

The 305 registered participants managed to raise $44,500 in the hope to find a cure for cancer.

The event brought the community together to celebrate survivors and recognise the unsung heroes – their carers.

Teams committed to walking or running around the athletics track for 48 hours non-stop to signify that cancer never rests.

Cancer survivor, Nat Wenke, who was named this year’s Face of Hope opened the event and was joined by Federal Member for Holt Anthony Byrne.

In Mr Bryne’s Facebook post he said: “Thanks to the amazing Jodie Hollis and her management team for organising this life affirming event. You can still show your support by attending to cheer on the teams or by donating via the Cranbourne-Narre relay for life website”

Ms Wenke underwent six months of chemo this year at the age of 43. She was given the news she was cancer free in September.

“Your life just changes and I don’t think I’ll ever get back to normal,” Nat says.

A candlelight ceremony was also held on Saturday night. Other activities included candle bag decorating, an obstacle course, Jenga and Connect 4 game, trivia and endless entertainment.

Runner-up of Australia’s Got Talent 2019, singer Jennifer Anderson also performed two songs.

The event was supported by sponsors including the City of Casey and all funds raised go to the support, prevention and research work carried out by Cancer Council Victoria.

Casey councillor Amanda Stapledon spoke at the closing ceremony.

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