Relay for Life rallies more than $40,000
THE Whitsunday Relay for Life is expected to raise more than $40,000 when the final figure is tallied later this week.
The relay was held at the Proserpine Showground on the weekend with more than 300 participants attending the opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
Themed "Relay Fantasia", the Cancer Council Queensland fundraiser banked $33,258 pre-race, but that figure is expected to climb to between $40,000 and $45,000 when the final total is counted - according to Cancer Council Queensland Relay for Life co-ordinator Jeff Hardie.
"It was wonderful. It was the 10th birthday for the Whitsunday Relay for Life and we're really appreciative of the all the support," he said.
Mr Hardie said money raised was down compared to a boom 2013 relay, but still met average totals from previous years.
"Last year was huge [40 teams registered], previous to that there were about 20 to 30 teams which is what we had this year," he said.
"Considering the state of the community, to be giving that sort of money on a regular basis is fantastic.
We're looking forward to reviewing the event and getting a plan ready for next year."
Mr Hardie said over the 10 years of the Whitsunday Relay for Life there had been more than $400,000 raised for cancer research.
Participants - kitted in their best Disney or fairytale attire - rallied throughout the night, with spirits remaining high throughout the duration of the relay.
Maureen Conway was the top fundraiser pre-race, totalling a whopping $2046.60.
Jacqui Wakerley ($1870) and Talia Palmer ($1515.50) also surpassed $1000.
The "Whitsunday mums and bubs" team was the highest fundraising team netting a staggering $16,731.75 pre-relay.
Team captain Jacqui Wakerley said it was rewarding to contribute.
"We're doing it for a good cause," she said.
"The charity dinner [on April 4] was our main fundraiser."
Ms Wakerley said the final figure for Whitsunday mums and bubs would be about $17-$18,000.
Mr Hardie tipped next year's event to be held in Airlie Beach.
Whitsunday mums and bubs - $16,731.75
Mad Hatters Tea Party - $3376.60
Whitsunday Dance Connection - $2645.90
Snow White's Bad Apples - $2254.90
101 Dalmations PNH - $1685.50