The first of six Tasmanian Relay For Life events was held in Hobart on 1 and 2 March and the Tasmanian detachment of the Royal Australian Navy Band was on hand to ‘gee-up’ the participants who had pledged to run or walk the circuit over the 24-hour period.
Relay For Life is the major fund-raiser for the Cancer Council Tasmania and encourages people to come together to celebrate surviving; to remember loved ones who have been lost to cancer; and to pledge to fight back and live healthier lives, reducing chances of getting cancer.
The Cancer Council’s Tasmanian Business Development Manager, Elizabeth Rayment welcomed the Navy Band.
“We have almost 2000 people participating here today and we are all appreciative of the band’s effort.
“For those who aren’t on the track at the moment, the band is providing some great entertainment. For those who are walking or jogging, the music gives them a lift each time they do a lap of the circuit and ensures they continue to enjoy their involvement.
“It just encourages them to keep on with their excellent efforts.
“This is the 14th annual Relay For Life in Hobart and, since its inception, we have raised over $10 million.
“The money raised is used to provide a range of support services, education and research here in Tasmania.”
Ms Rayment said that the Tasmanian Contingent of the Royal Australian Navy Band was a wonderful community asset and expressed her appreciation for its support.