International Delegates and Society Volunteers and Staff at Melbourne Training
In May 2006, the California Division sent volunteers Kathy Pimentel and Kaz Iwomoto, and California Relay For Life Training Director Becky Lunders, to conduct, along with the International Relay For Life training team, a multinational Asia-Pacific Relay For Life training in Australia. Relay For Life is now held in 23 countries outside of the US, and is a significant source of cancer awareness and fundraising for the Australian Cancer Society. Pennsylvania Division CEO Garry Pincock and Reuel Johnson, national vice president, Relay For Life, facilitated sessions at the trainings that took place in Brisbane, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast. Participants from four cancer leagues attended the classroom sessions to learn and share best practices for successful Relays, and to attend the Gold Coast Relay For Life, which is in its fifth year. Of the 23 events held in Queensland the Gold Coast event boasts the most unique and picturesque location. The track is situated around a lake only minutes to Surfers Paradise. The event was particularly breathtaking when the candle tributes lined the lake and burned throughout the night. The Queensland Cancer Fund hosted the trainings which included volunteer and staff leaders from the Philippine Cancer Society, the Malaysian Cancer Society, Taiwan’s Hope Society, and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).