Rotary in action: How Rotary supports Relay for Life

This year was the 17th Relay for Life in Wollongong. In the first year Dapto Rotary Club operated their barbecue, providing food for the participants.

Rotary support: (from left) Yvette Murada, Liz Lewins, Judy Doherty, Sylvia and Alf Harley, and Jean Beattie. Rotary members from several clubs have supported the Relay for Life event since it began 17 years ago.

Rotary support: (from left) Yvette Murada, Liz Lewins, Judy Doherty, Sylvia and Alf Harley, and Jean Beattie. Rotary members from several clubs have supported the Relay for Life event since it began 17 years ago.

Since then, for 16 years, Corrimal Rotary Club has catered for the participants and volunteers, and donated the proceeds to the Cancer Council.

The lives of several Corrimal members have been touched by cancer, either they or a family member or friend having received a cancer diagnosis at some time.

From early Saturday morning, members are on site, first providing breakfast for the volunteers setting up, then for the walkers, supporters and volunteers. 

About 8pm, Wollongong Rotary Club members work the night shift, until the Corrimal Rotarians return at 6am and remain until the Relay for Life finishes at 10am.

The lives of several Corrimal members have been touched by cancer, either they or a family member or friend having received a cancer diagnosis at some time.

Bleary-eyed campers usually come looking for an egg and bacon sandwich and a cup of coffee for breakfast, but recently we have also offered pancakes with a variety of toppings and these are also popular.

This year the result of the efforts of Corrimal and Wollongong Rotarians was a donation of $3300 to the Cancer Council.

This year’s Relay for Life has raised close to $190,000.

Some of this amount will go to fund research, and some will be used to provide information and support for cancer patients and their families.  

In order to provide high quality support services to patients, the local Cancer Council has recently entered a $500,000 partnership with Illawarra and Shoalhaven Local Hospital District.

Ninety years of Rotary Service in the Illawarra

The Rotary Clubs of the Illawarra – Corrimal to Kiama – are inviting former members and members of the community to join them to celebrate on Saturday, October 28, 6.30pm for 7pm at City Beach Function Centre.

Bookings http://www.trybooking.com/316573, close at 5pm  on October 23.  Black Tie; Contact Ian McKensey@me.com/ 0438 845 921

For further information about Rotary, contact Sue Clark, President, Rotary Club of Corrimal, phone 0402 818 075.