Cancer Council thanks

On behalf of the Relay For Life team at Cancer Council Victoria, I was saddened to read about the theft of 10-year-old Tahlia Brown’s nail polishes during the Warrnambool Relay For Life last weekend (The Standard, February 12).

Tahlia’s idea to host a nail painting stall at the event is commendable and inspiring and it is upsetting that a theft would occur, particularly during the Candlelight Ceremony. 

This ceremony provides a time of reflection for cancer survivors, carers and those who have lost a loved one. It is an important element of each Relay For Life event. 

Fortunately, the generosity of the local community has ensured Tahlia will have her nail polish collection restored. 

Direct Chemist in Dennington has kindly offered a selection of products to be given to Tahlia. 

Store manager Rebecca Darken responded immediately upon hearing what had happened. 

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Tahlia, her parents Lisa and Matt, and their team for their support of Warrnambool Relay For Life.

I would also like to thank the community of Warrnambool for coming together to raise more than $115,000. Whether you gathered with your team, walked the survivors’ and carers’ lap or dedicated a candle bag to a loved one, thank you for being part of Relay For Life.

Brett O’Farrell, Relay For Life program manager, Cancer Council Victoria