THIS weekend’s Wellington Relay for Life raised more than $188,000, with a record 50 teams entering.
The event at Sale Greyhound Club highlighted the strength of carers and survivors to ‘Celebrate, Remember and Fight Back’ against cancer.
The funding raised will go to aid cancer research, prevention, education and support services provided by the Cancer Council.
The highest fundraising teams were the Esso Longford team, Terry’s Team and the Sale College Schoolies team.
Event spokesman David Harrington said the dedication shown by all the teams was amazing this year.
“With a variety of fundraising events planned, from bingo nights at the Sale Greyhound Club, to family days at the Aqua Energy centre,” he said.
“The money raised will go to finding a cure and that is something that we all strive for.”
The Spirit of the Relay award went to Dianne’s Crew.
Esso’s Longford production co-ordinator and event organiser Peter Burley said the Esso team of 16, the Longford Safety Promoters, excelled at the track and won the highest team fundraiser award.
“We raised an amazing $10,402, with most of our fundraising from chocolate sales,” he said.
“This was the sixth Relay for Life that the Longford plant team has competed in and we have raised in excess of $50,000 during this time, with around 70,000 chocolates sold throughout the plant.
“We would like to thank all the people at Longford who supported us by buying chocolates and raffle tickets,” Mr Burley said.
Esso and BHP Billiton Joint Venture contributions program will also contribute funds to Cancer Council Victoria.
More information on Relay for Life can be found at www.relayforlife.org.au