Following a highly successful Roma Relay for Life in 2016, organisers are rallying the community to participate in the battle against cancer once again.

Cancer Council Queensland is seeking enthusiastic volunteers who are passionate about giving back to the community to participate in 2017.

Committee member Stephanie Kay encouraged locals to join Relay for Life and be part of the inspiring event for locals impacted by the disease.

“Relay for Life is a great opportunity for the community to unite in the fight against cancer,” said Kay.

“It is a chance to acknowledge the impact cancer has on our lives and pay tribute to those who have been affected.” 

Stephanie Kay is a bowel cancer survivor and has been involved in Roma Relay for Life for the past two years and was the Face of Relay in 2015.

In central Queensland, more than 1,200 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year, with the number of deaths more than 400 annually. This high number is exactly what initiatives like the Roma Relay for Life are attempting to combat.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Chris McMillan encouraged locals to attend the Roma Relay for Life community meeting and get involved with shaping the 2017 event.

“If you’re passionate about cancer prevention, early detection, research, and support, or are looking for a way to give back to the community, we would love to have you join us,” she said. 

“We are looking for people with plenty of energy and enthusiasm to help make our 2017 event memorable.”

Thousands of Australians participate in more than 200 relays every year. Some do it as a tribute to a loved one who has died of cancer, others do it to show they are proud they have survived cancer, and others simply get involved to make a difference.

Relay participants are encouraged to fund raise in the lead up to the event, with all money raised going to the Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention, and support services.

Anyone wanting to join the local fight against cancer and find out more about the Roma Relay for Life Community Meeting can call Cancer Council Queensland’s Toowoomba office.

Read about this year’s Relay for Life Toowoomba here.