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Walking tall for all looking for hope

ALL SMILES: Two children watching the Dalby Relay for Life last year.
ALL SMILES: Two children watching the Dalby Relay for Life last year. File

MOTHERS, fathers, cousins, friends and neighbours will all unite at the Dalby Showgrounds this weekend to participate in an event that helps fight a battle which has tragically touched too many lives.

The annual Cancer Council Relay for Life is always a moving occasion for all involved, and this year won't be any different.

Dalby Cancer Council member Neville Hess said he didn't have any doubts the town would come out in droves to show their support.

"The Dalby community is just amazing, when something happens the community just bands together to do everything they can,” Mr Hess said.

"It's just a great day to walk for cancer, all the funds go towards cancer in the hope that we will have that cancer free world one day. That's the end goal.”

Mr Hess said one of this year's aims was to modernise the event, with new initiatives targeting the next generation.

"This year we're hoping make it a bit more modern, so we've cut an Instagram cut-out for photos.

"We've also got games in the middle like we always do and we're going to do interviews with people to discover why they are at relay.

"The candlelight ceremony is really cool and we've also got the woman-less pageant.

"A woman from every team dresses up as a guy, which is an interesting event and it can be quite funny.”

Mr Hess was relieved that after months of organising the event had finally arrived and encouraged those without weekend plans to come down and get involved.

"Preparation has gone really well, a lot of the big things have been handled and we're ready to walk on Saturday,” he said.

"Our fundraising goal is $50,000 and at the moment we're just over halfway.

"It's too late to register online but on the day people can come down and register a team. Every person make a big difference.”

The relay begins at 3pm tomorrow and concludes at 9am on the Sunday.

For more on Relay for Life, to make a donation or to read about the history, visit www.relayforlife.org.au.

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