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Aged care residents get on board with Relay For Life

RESIDENTS at Uniting AgeWell Lillian Martin Community laced up their walking shoes on 19 February for their in-house Relay For Life.

Lillian Martin Community’s manager integrated services Vicki Mills said the facility had run the event for about four-years.

Starting with a staff team in the local relay, the residents soon learnt of the event and wanted to get involved.

“The residents can’t attend the official relay, so we worked with Cancer Council Tasmania to establish our own,” Ms Mills said.

“They were so interested in how we went and many of them wanted to come walk with us so I thought, why not have our own.

“We set up a walking loop inside the facility or around the grounds and we make a baton, then the residents walk as many laps as they can.”

Cancer Council Tasmania state project manager Anthony Edwards said he was very proud of what the residents had achieved.

“For the Lillian Martin community to walk the corridors in true Relay spirit is testament to the meaning of Relay For Life,” he said.

“It provides everyone involved with a purpose to stay involved in the community and we hope many others may like to do the same in the future.

“We walk with them in support and solidarity.”

Among the walkers and wheelers was 100-year-old Doris Thackery, who shot to fame last year.

Ms Thackery challenged the staff to raise more than $2000 – they succeeded, so she shaved her head.

“I am a firm believer in helping cancer survivors in my capacity – I only wish I could run the relay,” she said.

“I’ve always given. If there’s anything I can do in my small way, I will.”

While the challenge to staff was light-hearted, her commitment to supporting the Cancer Council goes much deeper, having two daughters with cancer.

Ms Thackery officially launched the Hobart Relay For Life recently alongside the Governor Kate Warner.

She cut the ribbon and took part in the first lap of the oval, which honours cancer survivors and carers.

Caption: Corpus Christi Catholic School students at the Uniting AgeWell Lillian Martin Community Relay For Life event.