"One day, one night, one community, one fight." - Cancer Council Australia
Relay for Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council's research, prevention and support services. This year, RACT Insurance had the pleasure of being involved in two separate Tasmanian Relay for Life events in Hobart and Penguin.
To kick off this year's events, cancer survivors and carers took to the track for the first lap of the relay. This emotional and truly inspiring lap brought many to tears with each step symbolising perseverance, hope and possibility.
RACT Insurance had the privilege of providing a VIP Marquee to the top fundraising team for each region. Our winners, The Shining Lights and The Mountaineers, were so excited to spend the weekend wrapped in luxury in their marquees, with leather couches and plush cushions, refreshing fruits and beverages, and colouring books and board games.
The track was buzzing with family friendly entertainment from dusk until dawn including music from talented local acts, foot massages from the girls at The Body Shop, face painting for the little ones, and several local food vendors putting their most tantalising dishes on display.
The community spirit could not have been stronger as individuals from across the region came together to celebrate, remember and fight back. While funds are still coming in until the end of the month, the Hobart fundraising total is now more than $250,000 and the North-West fundraising total is now more than $200,000.
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The survivors and carers lap in Penguin
The Mountaineers relaxing their VIP Marquee in Penguin
RACT Insurance staff enjoying the atmosphere at Relay in Hobart
Beautiful Sunday morning sunrise over the domain
RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers giving a 'random act of kindness'
A moment of silence is observed during the candlelighting ceremony