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It all started off rather slowly, and the targets of 40 teams and $50,000 raised seemed a long way off.
But fast-forward to last weekend, and the Parkes and District Relay For Life exceeded all expectations, with 45 teams taking part and almost $70,000 being raised. The provisional total of $69,000 was announced on Sunday at the closing ceremony. Relay For Life Coordinator, Camilla Barlow has expressed hearty thanks and congratulations to the community.
This year the Parkes and District Relay For Life held the inaugural Close the Gap Lap during the closing ceremony - where all participants put their hand up to fight back against cancer, and raise awareness surrounding the inequities facing the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer statistics. Cancer Council NSW volunteer Graham Williams addressed the crowd at the closing ceremony and explained why.
'Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders are 60% more likely to die from their cancer diagnosis than non-Aboriginal Australians, so if Cancer Council NSW is dedicated to defeating all cancers in all people, they must address these issues head on' Graham said. The Close the Gap Lap was an all-inclusive final lap where participants came together to celebrate their amazing 18 hour effort and think about what they can do to fight back against cancer and close the gap.
Source: Parkes Champion-Post