Horsham and District Relay For Life to host hall of fame event

TEAM: Sisters Imogen Gerdtz, Sophia Gerdtz, Chontelle Gerdtz, and Trinity Gerdtz at the Relay For Life in March.
TEAM: Sisters Imogen Gerdtz, Sophia Gerdtz, Chontelle Gerdtz, and Trinity Gerdtz at the Relay For Life in March.

YEARS of fighting back against cancer will set the background for a new Horsham and District Relay For Life initiative.

A hall of fame event on July 15 will celebrate the triumphs of the region’s relay participants across the past 18 years.

Horsham relay committee member Justin Amor said there were so many great people, teams and businesses who have played a major part in the Wimmera relay’s success.

“The evening will highlight the people and businesses in the community that contribute and make Relay For Life such a special event,” he said. “People are so generous and it’s great to acknowledge their efforts”.

Relay started in Horsham in 1999, but venue availability and the move from October to March means this year was the 15th event.

A small group of the committee and community members have selected the first inductees.

Mr Amor said the hall of fame would be updated each year. 

He said the event would also provide an opportunity to celebrate the most successful fundraising teams.

After every relay, teams that raise more than $5000 receive a research award. The award allows them to allocate the money towards a cancer research project of their choice.

Mr Amor said people could purchase tickets for the event from Freijah Menswear in Horsham; tickets cost $15 sold with tables of 10 available. 

The evening will also include live music and a speech from a representative from the Cancer Council Victoria.