Today I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Point Cook Relay For Life committee, who, on Saturday, 16 November, hosted their annual event in my electorate. I had the great privilege to attend the relay and saw firsthand the work and dedication of the team of volunteers who put this event together. It was a great day of the community coming together.
It began with young Hannah sharing her story of caring for and losing her mother. Her story was beautifully written and delivered with poise and clarity. Listening to her, I knew that Relay For Life is much more than a fundraiser. It is only the second time the relay has been held in Point Cook. The event was a credit to the organisers.
There were 32 teams participating—up from 23 the year before. They work together to celebrate survivors and carers, to remember those we have lost and to raise vital funds to continue the fight against this awful disease. There were 462 participants in teams of 10 to 15 people. They all challenge themselves to take turns in keeping their baton moving overnight. The event raised over $51,000 for the Cancer Council's research, prevention and education programs—a remarkable achievement.
I would also like to acknowledge Lauris, this year's recipient of the 'Spirit of relay' award. Lauris was commended for her strength in fighting cancer, for her ongoing work in the community and for her support of the Relay For Life event. I would like to congratulate, Lauris, the committee, and the volunteers for their work and commitment in ensuring the Point Cook Relay For Life committee was such a great success.