SHARING HOPE: Dalby's Relay for Life committee are eager to see the town painted purple for the Relay for Life next week.
SHARING HOPE: Dalby's Relay for Life committee are eager to see the town painted purple for the Relay for Life next week. Sophie Volker

Help paint the town next week

DALBY will be turning purple next week in a massive display of support to the 2017 Relay for Life.

From Monday to Saturday next week, businesses, schools, families and individuals are encouraged to help paint the town purple to create more community awareness and share hope.

Committee president Neville Hess said the week-long event is all about gaining more momentum for the Dalby Relay for Life.

"It's about getting some more momentum and awareness for those couple of days,” Mr Hess said.

"We'd love to see as many people involved as possible - even if that's just a donation or something, or just wearing purple for the day.

"We want to paint the town purple. If we could get a paintbrush and literally paint the town purple, we'd do that too,” he said.

The Relay for Life is an 18-hour overnight event on September 9-10 which raises funds and awareness for all cancers, while serving as a celebration of cancer survivors, a memorial for lost loved ones and a rally of the community to take on the fight.

Dalby's motto this year is "Let's kick cancer's butt - all cancers, all ages” - a reminder that cancer does not discriminate, so neither will the Relay for Life.

Relay for Life publicity officer Barb Handley said this week of purple has helped to highlight the sense of community that the Dalby Relay for Life fosters.

"It highlights the relay and Dalby's involvement and sense of community and togetherness,” Mrs Handley said.

"Anyone who wants to participate can wear purple clothes all next week, or a purple day out, or just a morning tea or whatever they want,” she said.

"It's just another way of getting attention and to get people talking.”

The week of purple will culminate on Saturday with a sausage sizzle outside Hedge's Sports Store from 9am-11:30am.

If you are interested in helping paint the town purple, please email dalbyrelay@hotmail.com or text 0455141093.


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