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Monday, 2 June 2003
Page: 15575

Mr BAIRD (1:46 PM) —I rise today to draw the attention of the House to another great display of the magnificent community spirit alive in the Sutherland Shire in Sydney. Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Sutherland Shire's Relay for Life, a 24-hour relay which raised over $75,000 for the Cancer Council of New South Wales. Over 1,000 people participated in the 75 teams and as individual entries. They collectively walked and ran thousands of kilometres around the Sylvania Waters Athletics Track over the 24-hour relay. Through the dedication of these people and the generosity of the local business community and private individuals, over $75,000 was raised for the Cancer Council's research programs, educational initiatives, and patient and family support. At the launch I had the pleasure of meeting some of the survivors of cancer who are now participating in this event, and their outlook on life is truly inspirational.

Cancer in some form will touch the life of every Australian. The Relay for Life is a great community initiative, and I commend the organising committee for the great work they have done in making this event a success. I often marvel at the level of community support for events such as this, particularly at a time when participatory involvement in organisations is rapidly declining.