Candles in bags laid out to form the word hope

13 September 2017

Hope lives on over the weekend as hundreds of Manningham locals pounded the pavement for the annual Manningham Relay For Life event.

In its seventh year, the Cancer Council Victoria event saw more than 300 people gather at Rieschiecks Reserve in Doncaster East taking part in the event and raising more than $35,000 for cancer research and support programs. 

Manningham City Council Mayor Cr Michelle Kleinert said it was an excellent turn out from the Manningham community, especially the number of schools involved. 

“We all have a story about cancer, whether going through it ourselves or knowing someone who’s battled the disease,” she said. 

With more than 700 people diagnosed with cancer in Manningham every year, Councillors and Council Officers also took part, forming a 29-person team, The Council All Nighters. 

Crowds were kept entertained by live music, competitions, kids’ activities and many other fun activities. A number of schools including Whitefriars College and Lower Plenty Primary School also provided entertainment and made the top five fundraisers for the event. 

Cr Kleinert said the event not only raised money for a worthy cause but was a day of remembrance, honouring those touched by cancer. 

“It was a really moving experience and I encourage people to come along next year,” she said.  

It’s not too late to donate to the cause. To contribute to the 2017 Manningham Relay For Life before Friday, 6 October, click here.