By Port Curtis Rotarian, Cheryl Royal-Scott
This year for the first time, eight Rotary Clubs from Gladstone and the Rotaract Club joined together
as “The Combined Rotary Club” team for relay for life.
They set up their Marquee on the Oval at Chanel College on Saturday for the 9-hour event, and along with
seventeen other teams were empowered to raise cancer-fighting dollars for this great cause.
The Faces of Relay this year were from two Rotary Clubs.
Wade Hughes from The Rotary Club of Gladstone and Charlie Blundell from The Rotary Club of
Gladstone – Port Curtis.
Wade and Charlie shared their personal cancer experience to raise awareness throughout the community.
Part of the fundraising was the sale of raffle books and the total amount would be allocated to each
Proud to say the first lot of tickets by the combined Rotary Club were bought by the smallest Rotary Club of
Theodore a total of 3 Rotarian members.
The first lap is special as it marks the start of Relay and honours survivors and carers, followed by
every team taking to the track.
Throughout the day and evening everyone walked as a group; families with children, individuals and
all having a good time.
Live entertainment by bands and local performers was well received and helped to keep walkers moving.
Our local schools, Gladstone State High Interact, Toolooa State High Interact, Chanel College and Trinity
College teams all played a big part in the fundraising and participated on the day.
The Candlelight ceremony is a memorable moment as the lighting of hundreds of candles come
together to honour and watch tributes of all those who lost their battle to cancer.
The Theme this year was “The Power of Purple” and the Oval was flooded with such creativity from
our walkers, marquees decorated and everyone enjoying in the fun of it all.
The Combined Rotary Club decorated their site with a Purple Marquee from Rotary Mental Health with
purple balloons, and Rotary banners from all over the world.
Also in dedication to the event, two Mannkins were dressed in purple relay for life outfits from head to
toe with face masks.
Pretty significant were the two shirts that were from the very first years of “Relay for Life”.
The end of the evening saw the draw of the main raffle worth $3,000 donated from local
First prize went to Ian Gudgeon, Rotarian from Port Curtis Rotary Club.
This year Relay awards went to:
Best baton – Calliope Scouts
Spirit of Relay – Individual – Assistant District Governor and from the Calliope Rotary Club Marilyn
Spirit of Relay – School – Gladstone State High Interact Club ( Sponsored by Port Curtis Rotary Club).
Spirit of Relay Team – The Old Crew
Highest Fundraising Team – The Combined Rotary Club.
Highest Fundraiser Youth – Gladstone State High Interact Club
Most Outstanding site – The Combined Rotary Club.
A huge congratulations to everyone for raising over the goal target of $70,000, to the amount of $72,000.
Combined Rotary Club and Rotarian from Port Curtis Rotary Club, Cheryl Royal-Scott set herself
a challenge to better her 130 laps from last year’s team UGL Pty Ltd.
Her target was 150 laps, and after walking for 8 hours she completed 144 laps and a total of 59 km and just
over 80,000 steps.
Cheryl committed to her $1 a lap from sponsors Wendy Scholes and Mick Blomfield and finished her 6 laps at
Chanel oval on Sunday morning.
The combined Rotary clubs would like to thank their Sponsors Totally Workwear, Gladstone
Camping Centre and Kmart Gladstone for their donation and support.