Making change at 12 hour Wollongong Relay for Life on Saturday

Wollongong Relay For Life: Wendy Saville with Kobie, Mark and Cassie Sleigh will all be at Beaton Park on Saturday. Picture: Greg Ellis.
Wollongong Relay For Life: Wendy Saville with Kobie, Mark and Cassie Sleigh will all be at Beaton Park on Saturday. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Wollongong Relay for Life ambassador Mark Sleigh called on his 13 year old daughter Kobie to help him call on the community to join them at Beaton Park this Saturday.

Speaking at an Illawarra Women in Business lunch Mr Sleigh said cancer was a difficult thing to talk about because it was an absolutely horrendous disease that hurt so many people.

Kobie shared how good it has been to be involved in Relay For Life by telling the story of how she has walked it with her nan for the last six years. She spoke of how her nan has helped her in so many ways and how she treasures the memories they create together each year at Relay for Life.

"We walk together, we tell stories and we laugh," she said.

Mark and Kobie Sleigh Relay For Life talk

Mr Sleigh said this year's Wollongong Relay For Life on Saturday at Kerryn McCann Athletic Track will have the theme "Making Change" and there is a significant change this year.

"It has always been a 24 hour event. This year it goes for 12 hours. It starts at 9am and finishes at 9pm. It will be fantastic if you can even come and do a lap to show your support, share your memories and celebrate the wonderful work that NSW Cancer Council does. 94 per cent of the funding it receives comes from events such as this. It allows them to do some fantastic work".

Mr Sleigh said from his own family's experience he knows how hard the cancer journey is.

But he has also seen the wonderful work being done at Alkira Lodge at Wollongong Hospital which provides dedicated accommodation for cancer patients and their carers.

"That work is funded through events such as this. This is a cause that genuinely affects us all. Every dollar we spend and every step we take gives the NSW Cancer Council a better opportunity to find a cure for this disease in our lifetime. That will be a fantastic things for our generation to be remembered by".

Special bond: Kobie and Mark Sleigh after her talk at the Illawarra Women In Business Conference Day and Expo. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Special bond: Kobie and Mark Sleigh after her talk at the Illawarra Women In Business Conference Day and Expo. Picture: Greg Ellis.

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