Every dollar makes a difference

The Wellington Relay For Life Committee is able to announce that the final dollars raised figure for this year’s event is $196,227.75.

What an amazing result achieved by the wonderful 52 teams of local people who worked so hard raising this money for the Cancer Council Victoria to be used in its ongoing research, prevention and support programs fighting, and hopefully eliminating eventually, the scourge of cancer.

As chairman of the local organising committee I am always interested in being assured that monies raised as a result of the marvellous efforts of our community are actually making a real difference in this fight against this insidious disease.

Having recently attended a Cancer Council Victoria conference in Melbourne, with a particular focus on Relay For Life, but also with an overview of Cancer Council Victoria’s statistics, I thought this information should be shared with our local community.

Money raised from Relay For Life is used for three main focus areas within CCV.

1. Research- funding innovative laboratory and clinical research to improve cancer outcomes.

2. Prevention- programs that strive to reduce the incidence of cancers attributed to tobacco, UV radiation, alcohol, obesity and infection in high risk populations.

3. Support- programs that strive to reduce the impact of cancer by providing reliable information and compassionate support to people living with cancer, their families and friends.

There area some statistics of great interest to me.

The number of new cancer diagnoses in Victoria is expected to rise to 43,000 by 2025.

In 2011, 28,405 new cancer diagnoses were made in Victoria.

Every day on average, 78 Victorians hear the words, “You have cancer!”

Every day, 29 Victorians lives are lost to cancer.

The two main statistics, among many other very encouraging ones outlined at the conference that firmly tell me that all the continued efforts local people put into fundraising for the Cancer Council with such activities as Relay For Life, Daffodil Day, Biggest Morning Tea, Girls Night In, and Pink Ribbon Day were:

Over the last 20 years in Victoria, the five-year overall cancer survival rate has increased from only 47 per cent (1986-1990) to 65 per cent (2006-2010), and

The five-year survival rate for children is now at a remarkable 82 per cent – a vast increase over the last 25 years.

I congratulate everyone who supports in any way at all any of the fundraising efforts conducted by the Cancer council Victoria.

You are making a real difference.