The people of Seymour are gearing up to help raise urgent funds for cancer research by joining Relay for Life this weekend.
The relay, which will be held this year at Avenel Recreation Reserve, involves relay teams clocking up the kilometres walking around the reserve all night.
These funds go to support the 302 people each year in the Mitchell and Strathbogie shires who are diagnosed with cancer, and their loved ones.
There will be fun for the whole family throughout the event, with a range of local entertainment, food, activities and special ceremonies for participants to enjoy.
This year marks an important milestone as the Seymour Relay for Life’s 10th birthday, with event organisers aiming to raise more than $50000.
Relay for Life community engagement co-ordinator Kitty Howard said despite the fact the event would run for 19 hours, a Commonwealth Games level of fitness was not required.
‘‘There’s no training needed at all,’’ she said.
‘‘Some people do like to challenge themselves and try to complete a marathon ... but the teams just create a roster, so there’s always one person on the track from each team at one time.’’
With a new planning committee on board this year, Ms Howard said the 2018 Seymour Relay for Life would look slightly different, with jumping castles, water balloon challenges, table tennis and a head shave all part of the fun.
‘‘We’re going to organise a colour run on the countdown of our closing ceremony,’’ she said.
‘‘Also it’s a bit of a tradition at the end of the Seymour Relay for Life to jump on to the oval together and hold hands in a circle at the closing ceremony and take a photo of everyone involved in the relay.’’
The Relay features 14 teams including the Avenel Amblers, the 1st Seymour Scout Group, Nexus Primary Health and a variety of new teams from Wallan, Broadford, Kilmore and Nagambie.
The Seymour Relay for Life event will take place at Avenel Recreation Reserve from 3pm on Saturday until 10am on Sunday.