Summit adds to relay enthusiasm

WENDY Downes has come back from an international Relay for Life summit and is even more passionate about the cause than she was previously - and this is one passionate woman.

About 500 delegates went to the summit in America, including six representatives from Australia, to work on leadership, goal setting and training skills to allow people to create bigger and better relays.

Ms Downes is the chair of Queensland Relay for Life taskforce and said she was impressed Relay for Life attracted people with the same passion and enthusiasm across the world.

“Relay for life is the same throughout the world, just the faces and the language is different,” she said.

Now Ms Downes is back from her four-day “full-on” summit, she said she will look at training relay committees to be better leaders and to give them more responsibility.

She said a training program in the Whitsundays would be rolled out next year.

“It opened up our eyes to the importance of volunteers,” she said.

“They're the ones that run the event and raise all the money.

“They are the important ingredient in Relay for Life.”

Relay for Life is a Cancer Council fundraiser where people take part in a community relay, usually overnight.

All money raised goes to early detection programs, research and patient support.

Ms Downes said it was an amazing event to be a part of.

“We'd like to help create more birthdays so we encourage more people to come along and get involved.”

If you'd like to know more about getting involved, contact Wendy Downes on 4946 5256.

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