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Laps of support for cancer research

By Leanne Coleman

Some members of the energetic CDU team, Nikeeta O’Sullivan and children, Noni Salam, Sarah Guajardo, Jarrod Eggins Liz Lycett and Dr Mary Morris Some members of the energetic CDU team, Nikeeta O’Sullivan and children, Noni Salam, Sarah Guajardo, Jarrod Eggins Liz Lycett and Dr Mary Morris

A group of staff and students has raised almost $5000 as part of Northern Territory Cancer Council’s 2013 Relay For Life.

The annual event challenges teams in a relay style overnight run or walk and is an opportunity for the local community to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost and fight back against cancer.

The CDU team comprised 11 staff members and three students who raised a total of $4908.35.

Lecturer in Clinical Sciences Dr Natalie Milic said entering the event was a great opportunity to give back to the community and to acknowledge and support anyone whose life had been affected by cancer.

“Almost every team member had some connection with a family member or friend who had passed away or survived cancer,” Dr Milic said. “Being a part of the event was a positive experience, making new friends, raising money for a great charity and contributing support to the community.”

It was an outstanding effort by all team members, with the CDU team also receiving the prize for “The Most Walked Laps”, which totalled 346 laps in the 12-hour relay time period.