A $40,000 virtual relay success

By Adrienne Hartnett

The first ever Corowa-Rutherglen virtual Relay for Life has exceeded expectation, raising over $40,000 for cancer research, despite the physical event being cancelled.  

The event took place last Saturday, livestreamed from the committee’s Facebook page, with teams coming together at their own relay venues. The committee broadcast the event from the Corowa RSL, with teams sending in updates and photos as the day progressed.  

Chairperson for the event and cancer survivor, Julie Bartlett made the decision to go virtual four days before the event after the federal government’s decision to cancel large scale events due to the threat of COVID-19. 

“It wasn’t professional or polished, but it was sincere. We are so proud of what we created and livestreamed to the world,” Julie said. 

The day still included all the standard relay activities including, raffles, auctions and a solemn candlelight ceremony of hope. 

The NSW Cancer Council congratulated the Corowa community and the committee coming together to create a successful event. 

 “Your commitment to your community and all those people undergoing their own cancer journey is nothing short of incredible.”

After months of organisation, Julie also thanked her committee for their enormous efforts.  

“Together we worked tirelessly to make it happen. I have been the face of our relay, but they have been the backbone and I am so proud of them.”