CAN YOU HELP? Local Relay For Life teams still need to raise over $24,000 before Saturday.
CAN YOU HELP? Local Relay For Life teams still need to raise over $24,000 before Saturday. Michael Nolan

Local Relay For Life efforts falling short of 2018 goal

THE South Burnett Relay For Life fundraising effort is still short over $24,900 from reaching their goal of $110,000.

With the relay just under three days away, there isn't much time left.

But, organisers have said it's not too late to donate to one of the community's hard working teams.

"Despite the horrendous seasonal conditions the community has been facing, the South Burnett has still managed to raise an impressive amount of money this year,” Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising coordinator Jillian Huth said.

Ms Huth said the chance of storms occurring would not dampen the community spirit this weekend and wants to assure all participants and potential spectators that the wet weather plan would be enacted if needed.

"We still want the community to come down and get involved this weekend. The relay is not just for the registered participators, we want everyone who has ever been affected by cancer to come down and show their support.”

Ms Huth said she was proud of the amazing effort from the community so far, considering the difficult year the community has been facing.

"The $85,000 the community has already managed to raise wouldn't be possible without the hard work of all our teams and dedicated participants. The Cancer Council is so grateful for everyone's generous support.”

Long time Relay For Life supporter Jason Wyeth is captain of Ride For Relay, one of the South Burnett's most successful fundraising teams.

Made up of 15 cycling enthusiasts, the hardy team make a 380 kilometre ride through the South Burnett as a creative way to raise money for the cause.

Ride For Relay have already surpassed their 2018 goal of $10,000, raising over $540 today alone as they rode through the streets of Murgon.

"I didn't expect us to reach our goal with all the drought relief the community has been in desperate need of this year,” Mr Wyeth said.

"A huge advantage for our team is having members who live outside the South Burnett area. Several of our team members are from Brisbane and Toowoomba. I think that really helped us out this year.”

Ellerslie Ghosts, another local team, had to get a little creative with their fundraising efforts.

They have managed to raise an impressive $5767 after team member Nicky Watkins came up with the idea to get local businesses to sponsor the creation of 120 custom T-shirts.

Thanks to their generous sponsors, including the Murgon BP and OriGINAl Hair By Gina, the team were able to put 100 per cent of the profits towards their relay kitty.

While the impressive efforts of these two particular teams should be congratulated, the battle is far from over, with $24,942 yet to be raised for the South Burnett to reach this year's goal.

If you would like to show your support, the easiest way to donate is to via the Relay For Life website, or to attend the event this weekend and make a donation to one of the teams in person.

To stay in the loop with all event updates head to the South Burnett Relay For Life Facebook page: SouthBurnettRFL.