Funds raised at the 2016 Cessnock Relay For Life will go towards a vehicle that will be used to take cancer patients in the Cessnock area directly to-and-from treatment in Newcastle.
Cessnock Relay For Life chairperson Clint Ekert said the service will ease the burden for local cancer patients and their families.
“The last thing people with cancer want to do is worry and stress about how they are getting to treatment,” he said.
“It can also get expensive.”
The free, volunteer-run service will be facilitated by Cessnock Community Transport.
The Toyota Camry will be bought (at a special rate) from Cessnock Toyota, who will provide free servicing.
Sign Style will add the artwork, which will feature faces of some special Cessnock relayers, and also the names of every team that signs up by the end of this month.
The car will be handed over at the Relay at Baddeley Park on October 15, and recruitment for volunteer drivers will start that day.
While the transport-to-treatment vehicle is the primary fundraising project of this year’s Cessnock Relay For Life, surplus funds will go to the Cancer Council’s research, education, advocacy and patient support programs such as the Cancer Council Helpline.
This year’s Cessnock relay teams have already raised more than $24,000.
As of Tuesday, 29 teams had signed up.
For your chance to get your team’s name on the car, register by September 30 at cessnockrelay.com.
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