A 24-hour relay organised by students at The University of Western Australia will highlight the fact that cancer never sleeps and raise money for cancer research, education, prevention and services for people living with the disease.
UWA students are working with Cancer Council WA on its Relay For Life and are inviting teams from the wider community to register to take part in the relay at UWA or make a donation online. The students have raised more than $40,000 so far.
The relay involves teams of 10 to 15 people who take turns walking or jogging with a baton in a relay style for 24 hours.
UWA event coordinator and third-year Law student Jeremy Brown of Ellenbrook said one in three men and one in four women would be directly affected by cancer before the age of 75.
"Every year in WA, more than 8, 500 new cases of cancer are diagnosed," he said. "More than half of these will be successfully treated but cancer is still the leading cause of death in our State. We're all working hard and looking forward to seeing the relay come together."
The UWA event will be held on UWA's Oak Lawn, Hackett Drive, Crawley from midday October 16.
The UWA Relay for Life is a smoke and alcohol free event.