Page 810 - Week 02 - Thursday, 23 February 2012

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Relay For Life is a unique event where teams of 10 to 15 friends, families or colleagues challenge themselves to take turns keeping a baton moving in a relay style walk or run overnight. There are no limitations or fitness requirements—Relay For Life is suitable for everybody and anyone can join in the event.

Stay for the whole event, camp overnight, or just visit and enjoy the free entertainment, prizes, and ceremonies that make Relay For Life so inspirational.

Each person on the team pays a registration fee which includes a polo shirt and breakfast at the event …Whether you are a cancer survivor, a carer, supporting friends or loved ones, or simply wanting to make a difference, Relay For Life empowers everyone who participates.

This year I will be running a team in Relay for Life. I encourage members to get on the website and support that team with a donation. I look forward to seeing members do that. Mr Coe has just said that he is going to join my team. I look forward to seeing him out there on the weekend. I certainly send a big hello out to all of those members of my team that will be out there joining me.

In terms of the Cancer Council ACT, it is a non-government, not-for-profit community organisation that aims to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in the ACT region. The council depends largely on the generosity of the ACT and surrounding community to provide donations and to support fundraising initiatives.

The vision of the Cancer Council ACT is to promote a healthier community by reducing the incidence and impact of cancer through information, education, supported care and research. Their values include accepting the principles of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, the provision of quality programs and services, working within an evidence-based paradigm, working within a community, having an environmental-ecological approach, ensuring accessibility of services and maintaining professional standards.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of those paid staff and volunteers who work tirelessly for the Cancer Council. In particular, I would like to mention their president, Christine Brill. Many of us know Christine Brill here. She is also the CEO of the AMA. She has been with that organisation now for, I think, 28 years. Christine is a fantastic advocate for the Cancer Council. To her and all of the staff, congratulations on the work that you do. I look forward to seeing you all at the Relay for Life.

Covenant Care Day Hospice

St Mary MacKillop college—Canberra Regional Pathways Trade Training Centre

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (5.50): On Monday, 20 February, this week, I attended the official opening of the Covenant Care Day Hospice. The Chief Minister was there speaking at the opening, doing the official launch, and Ms Porter was also there.

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