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Dancing for Life

Tuesday, 22nd July, 2008

The Relay for Life is on again at the Memorial Oval, but this time with a difference.

This year Broken Hill's relay will be part of a Guinness World Record attempt for the world's longest dance.

Some of the money raised will also go to fund cancer diagnostic equipment for the local hospital.

Last year 44 teams registered and more than 900 people took to the track in freezing conditions to complete an 18-hour relay and raise $125,000. 

The goal for this year is to register 55 teams to walk the track in the spring.

Last year the funds raised went directly to cancer research and $30,000 went to the South Australian Cancer Council for treatment centres in Adelaide which are used by Broken Hill and country people.

Local Cancer Support member and cancer survivor, Mary Barrie, said the relay was fun but the purpose was serious.

"Life is not a dress rehearsal," she said. "When cancer strikes, your life can be changed dramatically."

The reality is that cancer is not defeated but the fight to find the cures for the various types of cancer continues and breakthroughs continue to happen as research finds the answers.

Relay for Life encompasses all members of the community in an overnight event that bonds people, families and workmates in a unique atmosphere.

Teams intending to have fun and participate in this year's Relay, on October 18 and 19, need to register as soon as possible online at www.relay.cancercouncil.com.au

Teams registering online should select the Broken Hill Relay. 

Registration is $11 per team member and this covers insurance, shirts and administration. Team information nights will be held on August 21 and September 8 at Liberty House in Oxide Street. 

More information can obtained from Coordinator Ron Hellyer on 0428101531.

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