The Lismore Relay for Life helps spread the message of hope in the community.
The Lismore Relay for Life helps spread the message of hope in the community. Marie Cook

Relay for Life raises over $117,000 for Cancer Council

THE 2016 Lismore & Villages Relay For Life saw the community power through the night, sleepy eyes and all, to surpass their goal and raise more than $117,000.

The relay, held in April this year, received an immense amount of support with 62 teams registering and 853 people participating.

Cancer Council is a non-government organisation and 97% community funded, relying on the support of the community to continue funding its cancer prevention programs and support services.

Community relations coordinator for the Northern Rivers, Hannah Brooks, said "The success of this year's relay would not have been possible without the support of local sponsors, the community and volunteers. Thank-you to all for their outstanding support".

Local business played a huge part in the success of this event and the organisers wished to thank Southern Cross University for their support.

In the Lismore region alone, approximately 233 people are diagnosed with cancer each year, and sadly 50 people of this figure will not survive their cancer journey.

Rowena Terone, community programs coordinator for the Northern Rivers, said money raised at this year's Relay would go straight back into the community by funding prevention programs that "aim to reduce cancer in the New South Wales community and the figures in the Lismore region".

Prevention programs continuing this year include Eat It to Beat and a Sun Smart program that has seen 98% of schools in the region implement ways to reduce the risk of skin cancer.