Tracking laps of hope at next weekend’s Border Relay for Life

ONE WEEK: Susan Stokes, Emma Pearce and Liam James from Flex Out Physiotherapy who are helping participants track their laps. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS
ONE WEEK: Susan Stokes, Emma Pearce and Liam James from Flex Out Physiotherapy who are helping participants track their laps. Picture: SIMON BAYLISS

This year’s Border Relay for Life participants will be able to track just how far they’re walking for cancer and the number of laps completed in 24 hours.

Across next weekend’s event Flex Out Physiotherapy and Alpine Training will  host the lap track challenge with tracking bands available. 

Now in its 16th year, 122 teams have registered for the Border Relay for Life with more than 2500 participants expected to don the purple and yellow to lap Alexandra Park. 

Already Border Relay for Life has raised more than $175,000 in online donations alone. 

The Relay will kick off next Saturday with a 9.30am opening ceremony following by the ribbon cutting and a survivor and carers lap. 

A jumping castle, slide, petting zoo, bubble soccer and balloon animals will keep children entertained, while local musicians will rock out on the new youth stage.

On the main stage, Eliza and Zac Spalding, Bogarts Call, Jaide Brussen and Allan Buckley will keep walkers and supporters entertained. 

The moving event will culminate at 7.30pm with the Hope Ceremony, a time for reflection and to remember those lost to cancer. 

Cancer Council NSW’s Emma McAuley said Relay for Life was an event that united the community, not just a fundraiser.

“So many people in our community are touched by cancer,” she said.

“While survival rates are improving for those that are diagnosed, we still lose too many people.

“Anyone who has lost someone to cancer knows that one person is too many.”