Paula thanks community for record breaking relay

RECORD RELAY: Bordertown's Relay for Life has smashed its previous funds record, with more donations expected over the next month.
RECORD RELAY: Bordertown's Relay for Life has smashed its previous funds record, with more donations expected over the next month.

Bordertown's Relay for Life showcased the power a strong local community can have when they rally together to support a cause.

Committee member Paula Blackwell was overwhelmed with the support shown by the Bordertown and wider community, with their hard work allowing the event to raise a record amount of funds for Cancer Council SA.

In 2017, 105 participants and countless other loyal supporters helped raised close to $34,000, an impressive total.

This time round, the local community produced a mammoth effort, raising over $66,000 with more money expected to be donated before the end of the year.

Mrs Blackwell said the current total could increase, with money still coming in from donations and fundraising.

She said the level of success couldn't be achieved without the community's ability to support one another.

"It (event) was a real show of community spirit, pulling together to support each other through such an emotional subject," Mrs Blackwell said.

Cancer is something that affects everyone, whether it be a family member or a close friend, the terrible disease takes countless lives every year.

Mrs Blackwell praised the bravery shown by some of the town's cancer survivors, who shared their individual experiences.

"The bravery of the speakers and candle bearers was incredible, opening their hearts to the community, family, friends and complete strangers to share their journey and experiences," Mrs Blackwell said.

The incredibly moving event also included important information supplied by a number of members from Cancer Council SA.

This year's event featured people of all ages, with Bordertown High School and Bordertown Primary School students entering teams for the first time.

"The school kids were incredibly well behaved and respectful of others while also displaying heaps of energy and entertainment," Mrs Blackwell said.

While the event focused heavily on a tough topic, participants still came together and enjoyed the fantastic entertainment on show.

"The band 'Kapow' were fantastic, we had a surprise appearance from Emma from the Wiggles, Tara also got up on stage for a zoomba session and kept the kids busy with lots of songs and dancing," Mrs Blackwell said.

She stated the magnitude of the event couldn't have been achieved without the help of everyone who gave up their time to support the event.

"Overall I feel incredibly proud of our community and how we support each other during tough times - I am very proud to be a resident in the Tatiara," Mrs Blackwell said.

With the next event expected to take place in 2021, the committee will be hoping they can once again raise the bar and break this year's record.

Residents who would like to donate to the cause can still do so, with donations open until December 31.

To donate click here.