Warwick Relay for Life committee chairman Nicole McMahon and South West Queensland coordinator Jo Capp gear up for Warwick’s first ever Relay for Life.
Warwick Relay for Life committee chairman Nicole McMahon and South West Queensland coordinator Jo Capp gear up for Warwick’s first ever Relay for Life. Georja Ryan

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WARWICK will play host to its first Relay For Life this year and the organising committee is calling on Warwick residents to jump on board with Cancer Council Queensland to make this race a fundraiser to remember.

Warwick Relay For Life chairman Nicole McMahon said she decided to get involved with the charity after watching her family and friends battle with cancer.

"Now I want to make a difference for them," Mrs McMahon said.

If grabbing a baton and hitting the pavement in a pair of Nikes is not your style, Mrs McMahon is on the hunt for a committee to get this show on the road.

Anyone interested in joining the committee, or who is just keen for more information, is invited to attend an information evening on April 24.

Relay For Life South West Queensland co-ordinator Jo Capp said the event was a great way to bring communities together to support the cause.

"For 10 years, Relay For Life has bought Queensland communities together to walk through the night to raise money for the Cancer Council and the fight against cancer," Mrs Capp said.

These two power-women have a goal of getting 1000 locals in sneakers and on the track, and hope to raise as much money as possible.

The Relay For Life has not yet been set a date, but Mrs Capp and Mrs McMahon said they were hoping for a November-December date.

The race starts at 3pm and with a team of 10-15, walkers or runners will continue to race through the night until 9am the following day.

"At dusk, we will line the track with candles and messages dedicated to loved ones who have faced cancer," Mrs McMahon said.

"We know from other Queensland Relay For Life events that this is always one of the most moving reminders of why we fight cancer."

Mrs Capp likened the relay to a metaphor for battling the horrific disease that affects one in two of us.

"Each step in the relay is a day with cancer and we just have to keep going and take each day at a time," she said.

 

Information evening

April 24, 5.30pm at the Warwick Library.



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