Last relay for Avoca Mob

As Maryboroughʼs 10th Relay for Life event is fast approaching, one team which has been there from the very start, the ʻAvoca Mobʼ are set to be involved for the 10th, and last time.

With Maryborough’s Relay for Life event set to celebrate its 10th anniversary this weekend, so too is a team that’s been there from the very start.

Avoca’s very own ‘Avoca Mob’ signed up for Maryborough’s first Relay for Life and have been coming back ever since.

Team member since the very start, Wendy Robertson said the annual event has always held a special place in the hearts of team members.

“Fred and Janet Staton started our team as soon as Maryborough got going,” she said.

“Fred had cancer and was very passionate about the event and what it aimed to do. He captained the team for the first few years.

“Everyone that joined with Fred 10 years ago had their own personal reasons for joining and were passionate as well.”

This is set to be the last year the Avoca Mob put on their Relay for Life shirts as a team, having raised thousands of dollars over the last decade for the Cancer Council.

Having raised just short of $74,000 over the past 10 years, Avoca Mob captain Robyn Cocking said it “feels awesome”.

“It’s great to have contributed that amount of money, every little bit counts — whether it’s $1 or $10,000, it all counts,” she said.

Ms Cocking said the Maryborough Relay for Life event is important, and has enabled smaller communities to do something for a good cause.

“It gives small teams like us the opportunity to join in and fundraise for a cause we’re passionate about,” she said.

For more on this story see Page 4 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 19

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