Opal by Living Gems residents turned out in droves for the Jimboomba Relay for Life event, held on 7-8 October.
Nola Green, Cheryl Hitchin and Desiley Bell led a team of 50 to raise a goal of $5,000 and exceeded even their own expectations, raising a total of $7,409.15.
The fantastic result was a true team effort.
At the closing ceremony on Sunday morning, the Opal by Living Gems team was applauded as a ‘late starter’ for this year’s event, who still raised the second-largest contribution.
The team was also presented the ‘Spirit of Relay’ trophy, which is awarded to an individual or team that displayed exemplary effort.
“It was a fantastic weekend and everyone who came enjoyed themselves,” says Nola, one of the organisers of the Opal by Living Gems team.
“Thank you to everyone in our team and the community of Opal by Living Gems for your hard work, support and enthusiasm.”
Team organisers Nola, Cheryl and Desiley were inspired by a recent Biggest Morning Tea event to take on their own fundraising initiative, and Relay for Life, was perfect.
“There are a lot of people even in the resort who have been touched by cancer personally in addition to family and friends,” says Nola. “It is a terrible disease.”
“Just like so many others, I have had many family and friends that have battled cancer and wanted to do something for them.”
She said the response was amazing not only from the residents, but also from Opal by Living Gems management.
“Kevin and Marie and Lyn have been so helpful and have been doing so much for us, as has Sandra in marketing.”
Teams completed a walking relay around a set course for 18 hours – from 3pm to 9am – with several poignant and symbolic marks of respect to sufferers, survivors, and those who have passed away and the families that they have left behind.