Members Statement: Moonee Valley Relay for Life

Mr CARROLL (Niddrie) — On Friday, 28 March, and Saturday, 29 March, I participated in the City of Moonee Valley’s Relay for Life held at the Aberfeldie athletics track in my
electorate. Relay for Life is a fundraising initiative of Cancer Council Victoria, with funds raised going towards education, awareness and support of and research into cancer.

By way of brief background, Relay for Life originated in the United States in 1985 when Dr Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon, spent a gruelling 24 hours running and walking
around a local oval. His purpose was to raise awareness about cancer and raise money. From those beginnings, Relay for Life events are now held in more than 600 communities across 20 countries. In Australia Relay for Life commenced in 1999, when the Victorian community of Murrumbeena raised over $75 000 for the cancer council. Today Relay for Life events are run in every state and territory and raise more than $14 million each year for the cancer fight.

The Moonee Valley Relay for Life had more than 60 teams taking part, and Cancer Council Victoria recently advised that the 2014 Moonee Valley relay raised over $214 000, which is a great achievement. Congratulations Moonee Valley relayers on a job well done. It was a huge success and fundraising effort. Bring on 2015!

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