The team behind Wagga's Relay for Life are refusing to let the pandemic stand in their way as they move the event online for the second straight year.
The committee behind the popular Cancer Council fundraiser has announced formalities will once again be broadcast through Facebook, as they were last year when the event raised $64,000.
Runners and walkers can still participate from home while the livestream will include the opening, candlelight hope and closing ceremonies as well as an online major raffle event and performances from local musicians.
Wagga Wagga Relay For Life chairman Alan Pottie said it was important to keep the event running as an acknowledgement of how cancer is continuing to impact people's lives during the pandemic.
"Cancer has not stopped since COVID was introduced so the committee could see no reason why coronavirus should stop our fundraising event," he said.
"The Cancer Council is encouraging everyone from the region to register for Relay For Life and fundraise for this vital cause. Incentives will be provided to encourage teams and individuals to reach their goals."
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Mr Pottie highlighted the three pillars of the relay - celebrate, remember, fightback - and urged Wagga residents to continue to acknowledge these themes from their homes.
"If at worst COVID means a full lockdown at home, we can still celebrate survivorship, we can still remember loved ones lost and we can still fight back through fundraising, education and awareness."
Cancer Council community relations coordinator Christine Williams echoed this sentiment and reminded Wagga residents that cancer is still a major problem despite coronavirus dominating headlines.
"Just because our newsfeeds are dominated by COVID, doesn't mean we should forget about those doing it tough with another disease," she said.
"Cancer Council is still providing tens of thousands of kilometres of free transport so local patients can attend their treatment at the Riverina Cancer Care Centre and it is still subsidising thousands of nights of accommodation at Lilier Lodge ... funds are still required for these services."
The event will take place on the Wagga Wagga Relay For Life page on Facebook from 7pm on November 12.
Teams can register on www.cancercouncil.org.au/waggawaggarelay
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