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It’s easy to get ‘Involved’ in Horsham and District Relay For Life

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: Horsham and District Relay for Life ‘Involved’ team members Mary Dalgleish and Sue Boddi invite people to join them, in any way they can, at the Horsham event. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS: Horsham and District Relay for Life ‘Involved’ team members Mary Dalgleish and Sue Boddi invite people to join them, in any way they can, at the Horsham event. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

By SARAH SCULLY
As a Horsham and District Relay for Life committee member, Mary Dalgleish encountered scores of people who wanted to participate in the event but allowed barriers to stop them from being involved.
After taking a break from the committee, Mrs Dalgleish has set her sights on breaking down those barriers.
“Lots of people are time poor and haven’t got time to be involved in a big fundraiser,” she said.
“Some find the process of joining a team daunting and others are elderly and can’t walk a lap, so they think they can’t be involved.”
Relay for Life is an annual 18-hour community event that raises money for Cancer Council research, prevention, information and support.
This year’s relay will be at Coughlin Park, Horsham, on March 16 and 17.
The event involves walking laps of the oval, relay style, while providing the Wimmera community with an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the region’s cancer survivors, patients and carers and remember loved ones lost to cancer.
“For a few years I’ve taken last-minute registrations on the night of the relay,” Mrs Dalgleish said.
“People would come up to me and pay their $35 and I’d say, ‘pick a team’. Most of them would pick at random. They didn’t care what team they were part of, they just wanted to be involved in some way.”
Mrs Dalgleish has drawn on that experience to start her own team, aptly named, ‘Involved’. “Team Involved is open to people of all ages and abilities – kids, adults, it doesn’t matter,” she said.
“Can only walk for half an hour? Can’t walk a lap? I don’t care.
“I want people who don’t get involved in Relay for Life for whatever reason to feel like they can. And I’m making it easy for them.
“We’ll have our site down there and people can come and go as they want.
“I don’t care if we’ve got 15 people on the track at one time. We’re not so much worried about having it going 18 hours. If we do, that’s great. If we don’t, it’s not a drama.
“I just want people to be part of it, regardless of their circumstances.”
This year’s event will kick off with an opening ceremony at 5.45pm on the Friday night and conclude with a closing ceremony at noon the following day.
A candlelight ceremony – featuring candle tributes lit in honour of loved ones lost to cancer, or in support of someone living with cancer – is always a highlight.
The event will feature free live entertainment, including music from All the Kings Men and Solo Dave, along with raffles, cake stalls and activities.
The team that completes the most laps will win $1000 towards its total, donated by Community Axis.
Thirty-three teams have already raised more than $42,000 for this year’s instalment.
Mrs Dalgleish said people who wanted to participate in her team could register online at www.relayforlife.org.au by searching for team Involved.
“People can also come visit me at Horsham Library throughout the week and hand over their $35 and I’ll help them with the form. It’s as easy as that,” she said.
“At the moment we have 20 members but the more the merrier.
“Relay for Life is good to be part of, because cancer is something that affects everyone, either directly or indirectly.
“This is a really fun way of getting people fundraising, but also getting awareness out there. It’s just a really good community event.
“So come join us. We don’t bite.”

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