Cancer Council NSW cancels 2020 relay for life due to impacts of bushfire

Fun event: The 2018 relay for life was a superheroes-themed event.
Fun event: The 2018 relay for life was a superheroes-themed event.

The popular Hastings relay for life has been cancelled for 2020.

Run by the Cancer Council NSW, the event was a major fundraiser for the organisation.

Cancer Council says its decision is based on the impacts of the devastating bushfires across the Mid-North Coast.

"Our local community has witnessed first-hand the devastation within the Hastings region due to the recent and ongoing bushfire situation," a Cancer Council spokesperson said.

"The outpouring of support by our community both within the Hastings and throughout Australia has been both incredibly humbling and moving.

"This is illustrated by the significant funds donated to date and the sense of community spirit seen through the generosity and care for those who have been impacted.

"We are so proud of our community.

"Accordingly, our local relay For life volunteer committee, along with the support of Cancer Council NSW have made the challenging decision not to proceed with the Hastings Relay for Life for 2020."

The spokesperson said the Cancer Council acknowledges that many people within our region are going through cancer and following the devastating effects of the fires, our support and services are needed now, more than ever.

"Cancer never sleeps," the spokesperson said.

With the support of sponsors, the organisation will host an event to ensure we honour our local survivors and carers with a morning tea event at Port Macquarie's Oxley Oval.

"We will be holding a 3-hour long morning tea commencing at 9.30am on the same date as the Relay, Saturday February 29.

"This event will be jam packed with; our survivors and carers ceremony, yummy morning tea, games, raffles, challenges, entertainment and much more.

"However, if you have purchased tickets for the relay for life 24-hour event these tickets are your entry to the morning tea."

The spokesperson encouraged people to come along to the morning tea and support local survivors and carers of those living with cancer, enjoy a scrumptious morning tea and no doubt walk away with one of our hundreds of prizes.

To register in support of our survivors and carers, please register via the website.