Warrnambool Relay for Life set to reach record fundraising tally at this year's event

Warrnambool residents have raised almost $2million for the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life with this year’s walk expected to crack the milestone figure.

Event chair Fran Hynes said the event tally was sitting at more than $1.9million and she was confident of reaching $2million at the February event. 

Great cause: Mia Borthwick, 5, Tyler Haworth, 3 and Lillian Jellis, 5, of Warrnambool during at last year's Relay for Life at Deakin University. Picture: Morgan Hancock

Great cause: Mia Borthwick, 5, Tyler Haworth, 3 and Lillian Jellis, 5, of Warrnambool during at last year's Relay for Life at Deakin University. Picture: Morgan Hancock

The 18-hour relay begins on February 9 with an opening ceremony at 6.30pm and an opening lap which celebrates and supports cancer survivors and their carers.

A candlelight ceremony, where tributes are lit in honour of loved ones lost to cancer or in support of someone living with the disease, is held at 9pm.

Mrs Hynes said it would follow the same format as past years with participants taking turns to walk around the university oval and would include live music and entertainment. 

The relay concludes on Saturday, February 10 at 1pm.

She said it was a great community event and thanked all the people who had contributed to the relay over the past 15 years. 

More than 40 teams have already registered for the walk at Deakin University. “We’re spot on target to where we were last year with registrations,” Mrs Hynes said. 

Mrs Hynes encouraged anyone thinking about participating to come on board and said both team and individual registrations were welcome.

Early bird entries will be taken until January 14 for $20 per person or people can register for $35 per person from January 15 to February 4. Family entries are also available. To participate or for more information go to relayforlife.org.au

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