Making a difference

Jazmin Liddy, (second from right) will take part in this year's Mid North Relay for Life.

Jazmin Liddy, (second from right) will take part in this year's Mid North Relay for Life.

Completing a Relay for Life event can mean something different for each person, but for Jazmin Liddy, 16, of Clare, she's doing it for her Pa.

The year 11 Clare High school student, who is taking part in her second Relay For Life this year, said the 2019 event was particularly special for her.

"The first year I chose to relay because of a few reasons. My pop died before I was born from lung cancer and I always wish I got the chance to meet him. We also had a number of family and friends survive and lose their lives to the disease, so I wanted to make a difference and give back," Miss Liddy said.

"This year, Relay For Life is much closer to my heart. My Pa recently got diagnosed with bowel cancer which has spread throughout his body and it is only getting worse. I am fighting for him. Raising as much money as I can and relaying for him and his fight."

She will take part in Mid North Relay for Life, to be held in November this year, which is a fun and moving overnight experience that gives friends and family the chance to celebrate, remember and fight back against cancer.

Miss Liddy will be joined by a number of her fellow classmates from Clare High School for the 19-hour overnight event held at Clare Oval.

"We all are joining together to make a difference and do our part to help those suffering," she said.

"My friends have lost close people in their lives and the love that they have for their family and friends will give them the strength to walk that extra mile in their memory."

The school student said Relay for her was not only a chance to remember the lives of those impacted by cancer, but also to get together as a community to make a difference.

"I look forward to sharing the walk with so many wonderful people from Clare who are all feeling the same pain and joy that I am."

"It's such an incredible feeling to be able to help in some little way and try and ease the suffering of those with cancer and their family and friends who love them," she said.

"Raising money for Cancer Council SA means that my Pa, along with so many others, will get the best care and support possible to keep them strong throughout their cancer journey. I'm proud to be supporting them every step of the way."

Mid North Relay For Life is a biannual event that raises vital funds to support Cancer Council SA's research, prevention, advocacy and support services.

In 2017, 29 teams from the Mid North region raised more than $60,000 for Cancer Council SA through taking part in Relay For Life.

The upcoming Relay For Life will be held on November 16 and 17, a Saturday and Sunday, Clare Town Oval.

To find out more about the event, community members are encouraged to attend a free Information Session at the Clare Town Hall on Wednesday, July 24 at 6.30pm.

For more information on the event or to register a team, visit relayforlife.org.au and search for Mid North or call 1300 65 65 85.