Cancer Council Queensland has officially launched Relay For Life for 2019, encouraging regions to lace up and team up to give hope and fight back against cancer.

Relay For Life is a community fundraising challenge that encourages friends, families and colleagues to join forces and team up to raise funds in the lead up to their community’s event, where the team then keeps a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run around a track to signify that cancer never rests, so neither will we.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan challenged communities to rally together, register teams and give hope to the one in two Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. “Each year we come together at Relay For Life to prove that community spirit can make a tangible difference in the lives of Queenslanders affected by cancer,” Chris said. “We need your help to reach out to an estimated 27,800 Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019 alone.”

“More Queenslanders are surviving cancer as a result of improvements in prevention, screening and treatment. Through continued support of Relay For Life we hope to change even more lives for the better,” Chris added, “Cancer Council Queensland, along with a dedicated army of volunteers, will host around 38 Relays between April and November.”

The Toowoomba leg of Relay for Life will be held in Queens Park on 18 and 19 May. Around the region, events will be held in Roma in September, Dalby in October and Goondiwindi in November.

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