DEBBIE Taylor still remembers the first time she took part in the Relay for Life.
“I didn’t have a clue what I was doing,” she said. “I remember someone saying to me that you have to be out there walking for the whole 24 hours, but you don’t.
“Whatever you can manage is more than enough.”
The Gloucester Relay for Life will be held at Bert Gallagher Oval in Gloucester on September 14.
It will be the fourth relay Debbie has been a part of.
“I originally took part because I thought it was a good cause,” she said. “Everybody and everyone knows someone that has been affected by cancer in some way or another. It can and does happen to anyone.”
The Relay for Life involves groups of between 10 and 15 people walking around an oval raising money for cancer research.
Run by the Cancer Council it is a fun and active event and teams are encouraged to dress up and use their initiative to raise money.
“This year I’ll be running a cake stall, but last time we made little gokarts out of old milk crates and charged kids between 50c and a $1 to have a ride,” Debbie said.
“In the lead up to the event we usually walk the streets asking for donations. Even if it’s just $5, it all helps.”
The 2013 Gloucester Relay for Life was launched as part of the Farmers Markets and Elizabethan fair in Billabong Park on Saturday.
Teams can register or find out more about the relay by visiting the Relay for Life stall - just look for the purple and yellow balloons.
There will also be merchandise available for sale including sunscreen, hats and water bottles with all funds raised going to the Cancer Council.