Preparing for today's Relay For Life are (from left)
Otago-Southland Cancer Society chief executive Mike
Kernaghan, Oliver's Army team leader Sue Oliver and
Otago-Southland Cancer Society events manager Tammy
Jackman, as Otago Boys' High School pupils lay a temporary
track inside Forsyth Barr Stadium for the event yesterday.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
Today's Relay For Life opening ceremony will signify a
beginning and an end for Sue Oliver and her Oliver's Army
The first lap of Forsyth Barr Stadium at midday will launch
24 hours of activity, and mark the culmination of a 13-month
fundraising initiative by Oliver's Army for the Cancer
Oliver's Army was one of 108 teams, altogether comprising
about 1400 people, registered for the biennial event in
Mrs Oliver said it was the fifth time Oliver's Army had been
involved, and this year's team comprised about 30 members
between the ages of 17 months and ''80-something''.
''We have been fundraising since February last year and we've
just clocked $2000, so hopefully we will get to $3000. In our
first relay we made $7000, but if we can get $3000 this year
I will be happy,'' she said.
The team was predominantly made up of family members from
In its first Relay For Life effort, Oliver's Army had more
than 50 members.
''We've had a lot of family members we've lost, as well as
people we know, over the years,'' Mrs Oliver said.
She encouraged anyone to participate, regardless of fitness
ability or work commitments.
''Will you be working at midnight? We can always roll you
along if you can't run or walk,'' she joked.
Otago-Southland Cancer Society chief executive Mike Kernaghan
was looking forward to the first relay under the stadium
Previously it had been held at Logan Park, and once had to be
called off at midnight because of bad weather.
''It's a long 24 hours, but it's a great 24 hours. I love
seeing everyone enjoy the breakfast on Sunday after they've
been going all night,'' he said.
Otago-Southland Cancer Society events manager Tammy Jackman
said the relay was a chance to celebrate, remember and fight
''The opening ceremony is about celebrating cancer survivors;
at 9pm the candlelight ceremony is to remember those who have
passed; and the closing ceremony at midday on Sunday is about
fighting back against cancer.''
Any amount of money raised was ''absolutely fantastic'' and
the Dunedin community had proved generous to date, she said.
''There has been some very innovative fundraising going on.''