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The Waimate District Council team is the first to register for the 2020 South Canterbury Relay For Life and plans are under way for several key fundraising and support events.

The annual community event celebrates cancer survivors and carers and honours loved ones lost to cancer, while raising awareness and funds to support the work of the New Zealand Cancer Society. Teams walk or run around a track in relay style for the duration of the 12-hour event.

Next year’s regional event is being held in Waimate and the council’s newly named team, the “Council Cancer Crusaders”, has 12 registered staff members at present.

The team has already raised more than $1300 from collective sponsorship efforts, and is working on fundraising plans, including raffles, fancy dress days and staff lunches.

Council chief executive Stuart Duncan said he was delighted council staff had taken up the Relay For Life challenge to help benefit those undertaking cancer treatments.

“We’re very excited to be taking part in Relay For Life. Our team have made a great start with sponsorship and are very enthusiastic and highly motivated to raise as much money as possible for next year’s Relay For Life.”

Relay For Life will take place at the Waimate A&P Showgrounds on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 10am to 10pm.