Relay’s link up goes Down Under

Arbroath Cancer research fund raisers have presented another �20,000 to the charity at Keptie Pond on Thursday evening. Pictured at the handover are, from left - Rhona Harrison, Helen Angus, Ian Angus, Archie Louden, Alana Louden and Richard Cowie Area Volunteer manager Cancer Research.

Arbroath Cancer research fund raisers have presented another �20,000 to the charity at Keptie Pond on Thursday evening. Pictured at the handover are, from left - Rhona Harrison, Helen Angus, Ian Angus, Archie Louden, Alana Louden and Richard Cowie Area Volunteer manager Cancer Research.

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This year’s Arbroath Relay for Life is set for a truly international theme as they have formed a link with a similar event Down Under.

The local Cancer Research UK committee have found another Relay for Life event happening on exactly the same day as the Arbroath fund-raiser on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia.

And now they intend to link-up via Skype during the event to prove there is no distance in beating cancer.

Chair of the Frankston Relay for Life near Melbourne, Vaughnn Brooks said: “Our event this year is September 21 and 22, and the Arbroath event is on at a similar time, making us virtually sister events from different sides of the world.

“I would love to see if we could form some connection between our two events, as we would really like the opportunity to demonstrate to participants that Relay is truly a worldwide event.”

The link-up marks a successful week for the Angus Cancer Research UK committee as on Thursday, they handed over a cheque for a massive £20,000.

This includes all the cash raised at events during the year including the recent art auction and the New Year’s Day dook.

And the chair of the committee was delighted with the cash raised and the newly formed link with the Frankston Relay for Life.

She said: “We are excited by the opportunity to link up with Frankston on the day, showing that distance is no obstacle to the fight against cancer.

“It would be another way of enhancing the Relay experience, providing another reason for local people to get involved.

“It is also a way of demonstrating how cancer knows no boundaries and that the battle to beat cancer is something that unites communities around the world.”

Anybody wanting to take part in this year’s Relay for Life at Arbroath United Cricket Club should visit their web page, to register a team and their captain.