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by Rachael Comer

It was quite incredible. The community pulled together a bit more I think
Rain and mud did very little to dampen spirits at an annual Timaru fundraiser.
Despite persistent rain and drizzle throughout the weekend, the Timaru Relay For Life raised more than $100,000, and more money is still to come in.
The event, which began on Saturday afternoon and went through until 10am on Sunday, attracted hundreds of people wearing rain jackets or ponchos and carrying umbrellas as they walked around the relay track at Caroline Bay.
Sixty-one teams took part in the fundraiser.
South Canterbury Cancer Society manager Leola Smith said the event had been “very well supported”.
“I am so overwhelmed with this community,” she said.
“They all stuck it out and I am delighted by it all.”
She said in some ways the rain had pulled the participants together and created an atmosphere of fun, remembrance and fighting back.
“The great atmosphere was still there.
“It was quite incredible. The community pulled together a bit more I think.”
Miss Smith said the wet weather also meant there was a lot less lost property at the end of the event.
“It was the wettest, coldest relay we’ve ever had but it was just so fantastic to see everyone there, especially very late into the night supporting the event.”