Envirolab Melbourne Relay For Life in 2015
For the last five years Yvonne Hart, Group Quality Manager at Envirolab Services Melbourne has participated in “Relay for Life” with friends and family. However, 2015 marked a difference as fundraising for the world’s largest relay to beat cancer was extended to involve staff at Envirolab Services Melbourne.
Comprised of a group of 24 under the name “MAD SCIENTISTS”, Envirolab Melbourne team members included Amanda, Analisa, Chaminda, Chris De Luca, Chris Holden, Cuong, Davide, Marian, Phuong and Suk who were captained by Yvonne.
With the title of Captain, the responsibilities of Yvonne were not a ‘walk in the park.’ The Relay requires team members to participate in a relay-style walk or run over a 24 hour period. By putting together a roster, Yvonne’s high level of organisation and determination ensured that a team member was walking on the track throughout the 24 hours of the relay. Despite the “overnight walking” being at times a struggle, the team succeeded to complete the overnight challenge.
Alongside the overnight relay, additional donations were raised through two sausage sizzles held at various “Masters” and “Woolworths” store locations. Bread for the sausage sizzles was donated by “Bakers Delight”. As a result of the fundraising activities, the “Mad Scientists” exceeded their targeted goal of $1500 by raising a total of $2204.05 in donations not closed off yet.
Yvonne said she was pleased to be able to involve the staff of Envirolab Services in such an important charity event for Cancer Council.
“I was so happy to have a good turnout and support from Envirolab Services colleagues and their families who really got into the spirit of such an important cause”.
“Some of our families came down and we had a BBQ at our campsite for dinner. For the opening lap, which was for the “Survivors and Carers”, we were proud to hold high the Relay banner. As a survivor of cancer, a Survivor sash was worn by the mum of our team member Analisa, whilst Analisa and I wore a Carers sashes”.
In having lost a sister to cancer and another sister who has survived cancer, Yvonne hopes her story and involvement will continue to encourage others to get involved and support Relay for Life to find a cure for all forms of cancer.
Relay for Life is an overnight, community event where teams participate in a relay-style walk or run to raise funds for Cancer Council. The team event celebrates survival, honours those lost, and offers hope for a cancer-free future. Each Relay for Life event is organised by a local volunteer organising committee on behalf of Cancer Council.