Relay for Life postponed

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

By Jessica Micallef

By Jessica Micallef

The Lancefield Relay for Life has been rescheduled due to uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings.

The event, which was due to occur on February 27, is now expected to take place in October.

Cancer Council Victoria community engagement manager Cara Davey said the safety and wellbeing of the local Relay for Life volunteers and participants involved was the most important consideration in making the decision.

“While we are disappointed that the Lancefield Relay for Life will not be going ahead as planned, we are mindful that many who attend our events may have compromised immune systems and could be at a higher risk,” she said.

“We want to do our best to protect them.”

Ms Davey said the Cancer Council will continue to monitor the situation. She said an exact date in October was yet to be confirmed.

Funds already raised this year, including registration fees, will go towards cancer research, prevention and support services for all those who are impacted by cancer.

“We know this is a really difficult and uncertain time for people,” she said.

“Please be assured that Cancer Council continues to be present in the Lancefield community, supporting all residents who rely on our services as much as normal.

“I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to fundraising and planning for this event so far. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue providing our vital services to cancer patients and their families.”