UNITED FRONT: Keith Wilson from Apex, Julianne Shipway from the Lions Club, Paul McVeigh, Barb Handley, Denise Jeitz from Zonta and Glen Hay from Rotary are supporting the Cancer Council's Relay for Life this year.
UNITED FRONT: Keith Wilson from Apex, Julianne Shipway from the Lions Club, Paul McVeigh, Barb Handley, Denise Jeitz from Zonta and Glen Hay from Rotary are supporting the Cancer Council's Relay for Life this year. Sam Flanagan

We're all in this together

THE Dalby Cancer Council is preparing to splash purple across the town this week, and in 2018 they have more hands on deck to do so.

Dalby's Apex Club, Lions Club, Rotary Club and Zonta, are all behind the initiative and said they are excited to be involved in the campaign.

Dalby Cancer Council member Barb Handley said the newly formed united front isn't the only change this year, as the group have also shaken up their fundraising approach.

Instead of generous people donating a lot, Mrs Handley would love everyone just to donate a little.

"I've always had this dream, if everyone could just give $2, that's mum, dad, grandma, grandpa, kids... if we did that every year imagine what a difference we can make to cancer,” Mrs Handley said.

"How easy is that, people hopefully shouldn't miss $2, and if they would then they don't have to give it.”

Paint the Town Purple, which is occurring from Monday, July 23 through to Sunday, July 29, marks the beginning of the Relay for Life fundraising effort.

Plenty of businesses in Cunningham St will be decked out in purple, with many keeping a donations box inside for people to make a contribution.

Mrs Handley said she was grateful for the town's ongoing support, and is hopeful the support translates into record breaking numbers for the relay this year.

"It's a wonderful community experience, it brings the community together and we'd just like it to bring even more of the community together,” she said.

"We're trying to encourage people to come, enjoy the experience and be aware of the risk of cancer.

"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from... We've even had teams from out of town, there's a sense of togetherness.

"It's a fun weekend but also a supportive one, as we remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and the people still fighting it.”

The 2018 Cancer Council Relay for Life is being held over September 8-9 at the Dalby Showgrounds.


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