Relay for a friend

Community Bank Carnival team at the 2020 relay (Supplied) 228068_01

Jessica Micallef

Jodie Dobbs has been taking part in the Lancefield and Macedon Ranges Relay for Life for seven years. But the 2021 event holds a special place in her heart.

The annual event is a local fundraising movement to help Cancer Council Victoria raise money for vital cancer research, prevention and support programs.

Ms Dobbs’ relay team, Community Bank Carnival, comprises team members from the Lancefield branch of the Lancefield and Romsey Community Bank.

She said her team was relaying in memory of a staff member who lost her battle to cancer last year.

“Everybody, in some way, has been affected by cancer,” she said.

“Last year’s and this year’s event is close to our hearts because one of our crew was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2020 and passed away last year.

“It was a quick battle. She was courageous and witty. Last year, she cut the ribbon at the relay’s opening ceremony and this year, we are relaying in her memory.”

Ms Dobbs’ team hopes to raise $3000. She said the the relay was a great event to get behind an important cause.

“Since I joined the relay seven years ago, I have felt so moved by the experience,” she said.

“I take my whole family and I’ve got so much more out of it. The relay for life is one of Cancer Council’s biggest fundraising event and it cannot be underestimated.”

The Lancefield and Macedon Ranges Relay for Life is on Saturday, February 27 at Lancefield Park between noon-10.30pm.

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