SHOWING SUPPORT: Dean Bateman, Amy Bateman, Fiona Walker and Chris Walker at Springfield’s first Relay for Life event.
SHOWING SUPPORT: Dean Bateman, Amy Bateman, Fiona Walker and Chris Walker at Springfield’s first Relay for Life event. Kate Czerny

Springfield steps up for good cause

A SEA of purple swept over Bob Gibbs Oval as more than 120 people signed up to take part in Springfield's first Relay For Life fundraising event.

Participants and their teams took to the oval to participate in the relay-style walk for 18 hours to raise money for the Cancer Council at the weekend.

The event was a tremendous success, with their efforts bringing in more than $6500.

The event began with an opening ceremony led by Ipswich schoolgirl Shannon Wharepapa, who is currently fighting an aggressive brain tumour.

Cancer survivors and family members who have lost loved ones to cancer also took part in the opening ceremony.

Candles were lit throughout the night in honour of those who fought so courageously against the disease.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift thanked participants who gave their time to support the new event.

"We had seven teams relay over the weekend, raising more than $6500 for the fight against cancer," Ms Clift said.

"We want to thank the Springfield community for embracing the first-time Relay For Life and rallying around local cancer patients, survivors and carers.

"All funds raised from the event support Cancer Council Queensland's vital work in cancer research, education and patient support programs."



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