By Cheryl Royal-Scott
Relay for life is a vital community event helping in the fight against cancer, while remembering loved ones who’ve lost their battle, recognising survivors of this deadly disease and their carers.
This year Covid-19 restrictions and requirements were in place, but this didn’t deter the outcome of what everyone was there for – to raise funds to help find a cure.
Relay for life has been held at Chanel College since 2004 and to change things up, it was decided this year would not be an overnight event. The event started at 12pm Saturday and finished at 9pm.
Cheryl Royal-Scott offered to fly the banner for her employer UGL Limited, who was behind the team from the beginning and ensured the team had everything it needed.
Her challenge was to walk the entire event and colleague Sandra Pugh decided to join in her mission. Once they stepped out on the track, that’s where they stayed for the first part of the event.
Their manager Reg Pugh was behind them every step of the way cheering them on, he made sure they had water and food to keep them going and kept an eye on their progress alerting them when to gain pace.
They not only had the support from the Port Curtis Rotary Club, but also from all those on the track as they noticed their laps increasing.
By the end of the evening at 8.30pm, the UGL Team were proud to announce they walked a total of 130 laps in the entire seven hours, equating to 40.6 kilometres and raised $4,157.00. The UGL team also came third out of 31 teams in the fundraising tally.
Speeches and presentation were held at the end before closure and it was announced that Gladstone 2021 Relay for life raised $55,227.00 in total.