Relay’s own patron
WHEN Relay For Life was introduced to the Whitsundays in 2005 - Wendy Downes OAM was the first person to join the organising committee and join the fight against cancer.
Now the Airlie Beach local has been honoured for her contribution and dedication to the cause.
She has been named patron of the 2015 Cancer Council Queensland event, held August 22-23 at Whitsunday Sportspark.
Ms Downes was chairperson of the volunteer committee for four years before taking on a state role as a relay mentor and trainer until 2012.
"Relay For Life is a cause close to my heart. Both my husband and I have had cancer, and I've lost many family members to the disease," she said.
"I've seen how much suffering those affected by cancer go through and see first-hand the positive impact that Relay can have on a community."
Ms Downes encouraged the community to get involved and show their support at Relay 2015.
Whitsunday 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 to give hope for a cancer free future.
Entry is just $15 for youths and $20 for adults, which includes a relay shirt and breakfast at the event.
To register a team or volunteer, visit http://www.relayforlife.org.au or phone the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85.