MORE than $14,000 has been raised by over 200 participants and 22 teams so far for Cooma's 'Mad Hatters' themed Relay For Life.
This important community event raises funds toward cancer research and services in the Cooma-Monaro region. The aim is to raise $50,000 this year.
You don't have to be an athlete to participate. Anyone can take part in the event as the track can be walked and team members take it in turns to stay on the track throughout.
Teams are encouraged to camp at the showgrounds overnight.The Relay For Life Oath is a poignant reminder of what the event is all about, here is an excerpt:"We are here to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors, to support those fighting cancer, and to honour those we have lost. Our commitment will be symbolised in every step we take, each and every one moving us nearer to our goal, the goal of a cancer free world for future generations."
There will be beautiful ceremonies throughout the event as well as fun activities for people of all ages and live entertainment.Those who are athletic and wish to show off their sporting prowess are encouraged to register for the inaugural 'Cooma Gift' 200 metre sprint with a great prize and bragging rights to the winner.
Sporting organisations are encouraged to put their best sportsperson forward.
Men are encouraged to register for the 'Mad Hatter's Pub Dash,' an opportunity to frock up and don a mad hat , raise awareness and collect funds from the local pubs on the day. The crowd favourite and highest fundraiser wins a great prize.To register or join a team, simply visit http://relay.cancercouncil.com.au/2013/cooma_2013.