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Local residents turned out in droves to help fight cancer by taking part in the inaugural Maryborough Relay for Life over the weekend.

The 18 hour event, held at Princes Park from Friday evening until Saturday morning raised in excess of $50,000 for the Cancer Council.

Seven hundred and sixty people, almost 10 percent of Maryborough’s population took part in the event, making up 37 separate teams all fighting for the same cause.

Initial fears that rain would mar the event were quickly shaken off as participants took the inclement weather in their stride, as a special lap for carers and survivors, clad in purple and white sashes, opened the event after Maryborough Relay for Life patron, Vera Kemp cut the ribbon to open the event.

Throughout the event, a number of ceremonies were held to remember those who have suffered through their own battles with the disease.

A candlelight procession was held on Friday night, as participants lit candles and placed them around the track inside paper bags with personal messages on them.

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