Painting the town purple for relay

ROSEDALE and Stratford businesses turned purple recently for the Relay For Life Paint the Town Purple competition.

Rosedale-based shop Rusty’s and Stratford’s Holy Trinity Opportunity Shop were announced as the winners of the competition as judged by community members and the Relay For Life committee last week.

With purple the symbolic colour of Cancer Council’s Relay For Life, local businesses competed to alert the community to the event and the impacts of cancer.

Shop fronts were decorated with purple streamers and balloons and employees were encouraged to wear purple outfits during the judging period.

Certificates and Gippsland Times vouchers valued at $500 were awarded to Rusty’s owner Ian Goldsmith on Thursday, and Stratford’s Holy Trinity Opportunity Shop on Friday for the most creative and most purple windows.

Mr Goldsmith’s daughter Sally Goldsmith said they wanted to participate in the competition to honour the memory of the late Beth Goldsmith.

“We lost my mum, Ian’s wife about six months ago,” she said.

“We thought it would be a good tribute and a way to raise awareness.

“Mum’s motto was ‘if you’re going to do something, do it properly’.”

Rosedale Pharmacy, Rosedale Butchers and Mumma Goose (Stratford) were awarded honourable mentions for their Paint the Town Purple displays.

Sale and Maffra businesses are encouraged to participate in the Sale Maffra Paint the Town Purple competition, which will take place from January 16 to 29 next year.

About 250 people are diagnosed annually with cancer in the Wellington Shire region, creating a great need for support in the community.

The next Wellington (Sale) Relay For Life will be held at the Sale Greyhound Club from March 28 to 29 next year.

The volunteer committee are hoping for a bigger event in 2015.

Six teams have already signed up for the Wellington (Sale) Relay For Life to walk in support of local residents, but more are encouraged to get on board.

To join the Wellington (Sale) Relay For life event, phone 1300 65 65 85 or visit relayforlife.org.au