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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Rallying around Relay for Life

A flicker of hope will be beamed from living rooms across the Hunter this month as part of Cancer Council NSW’s latest initiative.

Hope at Home is set to allow the community to support those living with cancer.

A Hope Kit can be bought online for $25 and contains a hope bag and candle to display at home on Wednesday 29 April.

The idea came about because of the cancellation of the Newcastle/Lake Macquarie Relay for Life, which was marked down for Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March at Hunter Sports Centre, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event had already been postponed last November as the region battled devastating bushfires.

Cancer Council NSW Community Relations Coordinator, Danielle Foster, said the health and safety of its volunteers, staff and supporters was the priority.

“It is for this reason we made the difficult decision to cancel the event,” she said.

“However, we are excited to launch Hope at Home to bring our Relay community together in these uncertain times.

“We will be sending a complimentary Hope at Home kit to all our Relay team captains, and others wishing to get involved can purchase a kit online or donate.

“This is your chance to come together as a community and honour cancer patients – it’s going to be a beautiful way to show one another we are here.”

For anyone wanting to support the Hope at Home initiative, you can purchase your kit or donate online.

Share photos of your bag and lit candle on the day via social media using the hashtag #StayHomeForCancer. 

Cancer Council NSW is continuing to monitor the situation and is following health advice from the NSW and Federal Governments.

All funds raised so far have been put towards lifesaving work in cancer research, community prevention programs, and information and support services.

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