Global Hero of Hope and cancer survivor Alan Pottie has been named the new chairman of Wagga's Relay For Life ahead of the annual October event.
Taking over from Duncan Potts, Mr Pottie has been on the Wagga Relay For Life committee since 2012 and last year was named a Global Hero of Hope from the American Cancer Society, recogising his community contributions.
Mr Pottie said being a part of the Cancer Council's event was about more than just community spirit.
"It's heartwarming for me to be able to give back, and as a cancer survivor you know what it's like and can sympathise with some of the patients, it's quite cathartic," he said.
"Relay For Life is a massive event so to take it globally after being named Global Hero of Hope is amazing - Sometimes you forget it's not just a little country town event or just in Wagga, it is all over the world."
The event provides and opportunity for people to come together for a great cause, according to Mr Pottie.
"It's always a great turnout every year, Wagga and surrounds are all very supportive and they can identify with the cause," he said.
"You're there for one reason - to celebrate, remember and fight back and everyone is in it together."
As well as being on the Relay for Life committee, Mr Pottie co-facilities ENRICHing Survivorship programs, Cancer Connect and is a research buddy and a community speaker.
New to this year's Relay will be number of chariot race challenges and a schools' challenge, as well as a variety of entertainment and the Showdown Boom Game Show making a comeback.
Wagga Relay For Life will be held at Conolly Park on October 19 and 20 this year, with 39 teams already registered for the major fundraiser hoping to raise $150,000.