OUR SAY: It's time to support an event that gives us hope for the future

Are you ready to relay? If not, it’s all okay – you still have 99 day’s left until the Orana Relay for Life. 

For the organisers we’re sure that the next 99 won’t seem like long enough and will in the end just fly by. 

But, for those just taking part, that’s 99 days to organise your team, raise a bit (or a whole lot) of money, and then turn up. Doesn’t sound that bad, does it? 

So what are you waiting for? 

Each year the Orana Relay for Life brings the community together for a common cause and gives them hope – hope for the future. 

There is laughter and tears and for some a roller coaster of emotions to work through during the event. 

But it’s all 100 per cent worth it. 

The funds raised at the relay mean so much to so many people. To the survivors and their families, to those in our memories. To the nurses and the doctors and the friends and the acquaintances. 

We all know someone who has been touched by cancer in one way or another, and this event lets us all do something about it. 

Money provides transport to treatment services for patients who are going to treatment who live in remote areas or who perhaps aren’t able to access transport, as well to the Eat It to Beat It program that’s run in schools and and the SunSmart program. 

One of the big benefactor of the funding is the money that goes towards the research done at a state level for prevention and a cure for cancer.

It’s the biggest one when it comes to the future. Every little bit raised that goes towards preventing cancer, is a little more hope for someone who could be hit with the disease in the future.

So Dubbo, it’s time to get out the diary, or the phone or calendar – what ever you use to jog your memory, and mark October 20 and 21. 

Then, head to work, or your sporting or community group, and get a team together. Already 28 participants and 10 teams have signed up. 

The committee are hoping to raise at least $50,000 this year to go towards local projects. 

So, once your team is together think about fundraising events such as trivia nights, family fun days or sausage sizzles. It doesn’t have to be a big event, just a small one. Every donation, big or small, counts and is welcomed by those who need it.