Organisers hope town will rally for relay

November 13, 2020

The Relay for Life is back on the Oamaru calendar after a five-year hiatus.

The event will return next March, and its timing could not be more perfect, co-ordinator Michelle Carson said.

"Some people are still suffering a little bit from isolation from Covid ... it’s a really good opportunity to bring the community together for a really good cause."

The Cancer Society-run event, at Centennial Park, will raise money for the North Otago branch of the organisation.

"It’s for our people, in our community, and that makes it more special."

Everyone had been touched by cancer in some way, and taking part in the Relay for Life was a way to take a stand against the disease, she said.

Oamaru strongly supported the society’s Daffodil Day, and she hoped the community would rally again, this time for the relay.

"Because it has been a long time since it’s been here, I think the town will get behind it."

Cancer Society North Otago client support Leanne Kennard said the community was quite excited about the event’s return.

Mitre 10 Mega Oamaru partnered with the event, and manager Nicky Kofoed was pleased to support it.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be involved with this community-based event to help raise money for people affected by cancer."