The community will gather to fight back against cancer at the Wollongong Relay for Life this weekend.
Relay For Life is an overnight, community event whereby teams participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for Cancer Council NSW.
Beaton Park will be the venue for the 24-hour event, taking place on September 16 and 17.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘One World - One Goal’.
Participants can walk as many laps as they wish and are not obligated to walk for the entire 24 hours.
However, Illawarra Mercury deputy editor and mother of two Cydonee Mardon has vowed to walk the entire 24 hours of the 2017 Wollongong Relay.
To donate to her efforts, click here.
The event will also feature an array of entertainment and activities, including live music, dance school performances, sports activities and more.
Here is the schedule for the event:
*9.15am Saturday: Opening ceremony.
*10am: Survivors and Carers First Lap. Survivors and carers are invited to walk the first lap in celebration of themselves and other survivors.
*7pm: Candlelight Ceremony of Hope. This is a tribute to remember those who have lost their battle with cancer, show support for those living with cancer and celebrate the lives of those who have survived cancer. All Relay For Life walkers can participate by purchasing a Hope Bag, which can be inscribed and decorated with a personal message of love and support. These can be purchased from the registration tent.
*9.30am Sunday: Closing Ceremony.
*10am Sunday: Final lap.
The entertainment schedule also includes:
*9am: Bravo Company 4/3 Royal NSW Regiment Band.
*10.15am: Lion dance.
*10.30am: Karenni Traditional Dance.
*10.45am: Chinese Fan Dance.
*11.15am: Magic Matthew and Amazing Assistant Alyssa.
*11.30am: Street Beatz.
*11.45am: Cinnamon Twist Belly Dance.
*12.15pm: Motown Crowd.
*12.45pm: KMA Martial Arts.
*1pm: World Kids Pageant.
*1.15pm: All Mixed Up by Science Centre.
*2pm: Miss Zoe’s School of Dance.
*3pm: Headshave- Sue Phillips.
*3.30pm: Sharon from Greenacres.
*3.45pm: Arcadians Lamplighters Male Choir.
*4pm: Kayla Shea.
*4.30pm: Zumba Wollongong with Zin Elena Bazan.
*5pm: Primrose, Sydney and Maddy.
*5.30pm: The Dalla Lamas.
*8pm: DJ Claude - Pro Sound and Lighting.
*10pm: Movies and night activities.
*7am: Kahvah Yoga.
*7.30am: Breakfast with the Hawks.
*8.30am: Pearl Noire.
*There will also be kids’ and youth activities from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday. These will include Bungee Jump, a State Emergency Service (SES) stall, face-painting, Reptile Show and soccer skills and drills.
*The Health Hub will also operate. You can explore simple lifestyle modifications which can help reduce your cancer risk. Visit the Health Hub between 11am and 3pm and have a go at their putting golf challenge, see yourself under UV light, try their early detection models or take home other useful resources. Grab a sheet upon entry into the Health Hub and go into the draw to win a prize.
*For participants who have not yet registered, you can register any new participants on the day at the registration tent from 8am to 7pm.
*There will be a wide variety of food vendors located behind the grandstand and will be available throughout the event. All food vendors will be making donations towards the Relay.
*The free breakfast for participants will be available from 6.30am to 8.30am on Sunday near the grandstand.
*No glass or alcohol is allowed on the track at any time. No persons under the age of 18 are permitted to drink any alcohol.
For more details on the Relay, click here.