FACE OF RELAY: Rosie Carlaw surround by family and friends at this year's Relay For Life.
FACE OF RELAY: Rosie Carlaw surround by family and friends at this year's Relay For Life. Molly Hancock

Overwhelmed with support

A SEA of purple could be seen on Saturday afternoon as the official Relay For Life began in Roma.

This year's face for Relay For Life Rosie Carlaw was front and centre and surrounded by proud family and friends for the milestone event.

Overwhelmed by support, Rosie became emotional when talking about how much Relay For Life means to her.

"Relay For Life is great and I am emotional because we have been doing this for a long time and being on the other side of organising the face of Relay For Life and now being the face is overwhelming," Rosie said.

"I will never forget the first time we came to Relay For Life and I had, had cancer before and the candle light ceremony was the most heart warming thing. Everyone had their candles, everybody was just walking around the oval and there was no sound. You just knew everyone who was walking around the oval had been affected by cancer in one way."

Shel Rowbotham also took part in her eighth Relay For Life this year, said the relay was an important time to spread more awareness of cancer.

"I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when I was 14, so 10 years ago next month and had chemotherapy for about four months and an operation to remove it. Ever since then it has been pretty good.

"It is nice to be here and help spread the awareness and get everyone into it. Its good to show the support and that we are all in it together," Shel said.

Relay For Life senior coordinator for regional fundraising Jess Huntley said this year marked the 13th annual relay for Roma and there were around 90 people and 14 teams registered.

"At the moment our fundraising effort is sitting at just over $13,500 and our target is $20,000.

"Rosie is so beautiful and so strong and is just the perfect ambassador for out event. She has been part of the committee for years and has a big tie to relay for life," Jess said.

See all the photos from the event below.

 


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