FRASER Coast dad Damien Blyth began his Father's Day raising money to battle cancer, with an early morning rise at the annual Maryborough Relay For Life.

Damien and his daughters Mikeeley and Georgia were among more than 350 people who spent the night lapping a track at the Maryborough Showgrounds for the 18-hour event.

About 20 teams took part to raise money for Cancer Council Queensland.

Each team spent up to several months fundraising before the event, with top fundraiser Team North Burnett bringing in more than $3800.

Festivities began with the opening ceremony at 3pm on Saturday, which included a special lap of honour for cancer survivors and carers.

A candlelight ceremony was also held on the track at 6pm, before games and other entertainment to keep participants awake.

The event was expected to raise more than $20,000.

Funds raised will go to research, support programs and education services.



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