Warwick Daily News staff members Peter Schmidt, Jenny Alker and Geordie Beckhouse complete laps during the Warwick Relay for Life.
Warwick Daily News staff members Peter Schmidt, Jenny Alker and Geordie Beckhouse complete laps during the Warwick Relay for Life. Michael Cormack

Organisers: 2015 Relay for Life will be even bigger

WARWICK Relay for Life organisers are confident the 2015 relay will be even bigger after smashing last year's event at the weekend.

The weekend's relay was only the second time the event has been held in the Rose City and after raising $73,000 last year, about $122,000 was raised this year, with proceeds going to Cancer Council Queensland.

Warwick Relay for Life chairperson Mikey Dwan said planning for next year would begin shortly.

"It's amazing to see the difference from last year to this year," Mr Dwan said.

"We went from 29 teams to 51 and we're well ahead money-wise.

"The main goal next year is to get more teams once again.

"We'd love to get more money but we recognise the support we've had from a lot of businesses and it's tough for them to keep on giving so it won't be the end of the world if we don't beat the dollar figures from this year but we certainly want to get more teams."

Cancer survivor Jan Byrne said she was overwhelmed by the growth of the event.

"It's been an unbelievable turnout," Mrs Byrne said.

"Everybody has been wonderful.

"Hope is the big thing we want people to take out of the event.

"But it's a time to reflect, remember and celebrate."

Mr Dwan said he was already looking for volunteers for next year's event.

Anyone interested in joining the cause should call him on 0459 227 866.



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