Relay smashes goal with $60,000 already raised

IF YOU spotted people dressed in onesies, as circus performers, pirates or animals at Seafront Oval at the weekend, there was a good reason why.

More than 600 relay goers braved the elements to keep the baton going for 18 hours overnight on Saturday, to remember those lost to cancer, celebrate survivors and raise much-needed funds for the Cancer Council.

"It was amazing," Wide Bay Relay for Life co-ordinator Tammy Sloan said.

"It was beautiful weather.

"Everyone was in good spirits and it was a really good event."

Even with some donations yet to be counted the event has already exceeded the original fundraising target.

"Our target was $55,000 but we're already up to $60,000," she said.

Dressed in his finest pirate wear, Aiden Kurikka led a congregation of 75 cancer survivors and carers around the track to officially open Hervey Bay's Relay for Life.

Aiden, 7, and 10-year-old Douglas Driscoll were the faces of this year's Hervey Bay relay.

Aiden was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in 2008, an aggressive form of cancer affecting the eye, and has now made a full recovery.

The boys led the survivors lap, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening and shared a poem.

Their relay team of 12 raised more than $2000.

"As Aiden said, it helps make other people know you can have cancer and get through," Mrs Kurikka said.

Molly and Erin Hickey at the Relay for Life in Hervey Bay.
Molly and Erin Hickey at the Relay for Life in Hervey Bay. Robyne Cuerel


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