By Sarah Templeton, Westlawn Wealth Management 26 March 2014
Last weekend, the Westlawn Wallys joined more than 92 teams and over 1,200 registered walkers in the 2014 Relay For Life at McKittrick Park, South Grafton. The relay pays tribute to those who’ve battled cancer while raising much-needed funds for continuing the fight against the disease.
Across the North Coast region, 2,034 people are diagnosed with cancer and 639 will die from the disease in a single year, according to latest figures.
Community relations co-ordinator for Cancer Council Northern Region, Abby Wallace, said the fight against cancer was progressing, but depended on the help of the community.
“We can’t beat cancer alone,” she told the Daily Examiner.
And again this year, the Grafton community certainly provided that help with another terrific turnout.
For the 1,200-odd registered walkers, the 18 hour relay got off to a warm start, but with rain threatening all afternoon, the heavens finally opened up around 5pm. Thankfully, the skies soon cleared and it remained that way throughout the night and into the morning when the relay finished.
Team mascot Westlawn Wally made an appearance during the Miss Relay contest which saw brave blokes strut their stuff on the catwalk – and then on the town – in dresses and matching handbags. All in the name of raising money, of course!
For Westlawn Wallys team captain, Meghan Nelson and team organiser, Nikki Cousemacker, it was an especially rewarding, but extremely busy weekend. Not only were they supporting the Westlawn team, but they were also working on the Relay committee as well.
“Thank you to all of you who came along on the weekend, baked for our cake stall, bought a raffle ticket or purchased a number in the 8 Week 100 Club,” said Meghan.
“Your generosity is very much appreciated!”
Nikki added: “Our team fundraising goal was $2,000 and we’ve been able to achieve that goal which is an amazing effort and one that we can all be extremely proud of.
“Thank you all for your kind support to this worthy cause.”
The Grafton Relay For Life has so far raised over $94,000 and with money still coming in, the total is growing daily.