Community Corner: Relay for Life
Members and supporters attending the Toyota Cowboys’ home clash against the Warriors on Saturday night will be urged to put their best foot forward and support the Cancer Council Queensland this year.
With the support of Steggles Charity Nest, the Cowboys Community Corner at 1300SMILES Stadium will be hosting the Cancer Council Queensland on game day with the aim of encouraging as many members and fans as possible to support or join in the Relay for Life in August.
Relay for Life is a major annual fundraising event for the Cancer Council Queensland, who will devote more than $24 million to cancer research and support services for Queenslanders affected by cancer this year.
“National events like Relay For Life and Daffodil Day play a huge part in giving Cancer Council Queensland the ability to ensure communities have access to much-needed cancer related services including Cancer Council Helpline, accommodation assistance during treatment, counselling services, wig and turban services and local education programs,” explained Taryn Atique, Relay for Life team leader.
Held in August each year at Tony Ireland Stadium, Relay For Life is an 18-hour event involving teams of up to 15 people keeping a baton moving in a relay-style walk or run overnight, all in an effort to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer and fight back against a disease that takes too much.
“We’d like to thank Steggles Charity Nest and the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys for giving us this great opportunity to promote the Relay for Life and the work of Cancer Council Queensland,” Taryn said.
A long-time supporter of the event, Cowboys players and staff are annual contributors to Relay for Life and the Cancer Council’s fundraising efforts.
“Cowboys members and fans have always been fantastic supporters of Community Corner and the charities we assist,” Cowboys’ community relations manager Fiona Pelling said.
“We encourage everyone attending the game on Saturday to visit us and see how they can support Relay for Life and the Cancer Council either by registering a relay team of their own or pledging to support one of the teams who have already registered.”
The free Community Corner space at North Queensland’s NRL home games reflects the Cowboys’ and Steggles' commitment to assist volunteer-run charities and not-for-profit organisations to build awareness and support from the local community.
Twelve charities working in and benefiting the North Queensland community are offered this opportunity throughout the 2014 season.
Anyone wanting to join the local fight against cancer, or find out more about Relay For Life, can visit relayforlife.org.au or phone the fundraising hotline on 1300 65 65 85.