Faye Cook and Lynette Cochrane are walking the midnight to 3am shift.


Spare a thought for the Domain Village People – no, not the 1970s disco group – but a team of Domain Village resident’s from Junortoun, participating tonight at the Cancer Council’s Bendigo Relay for Life, at Backhaus Oval, Golden Square.

The team’s 89-year-old Lynette Cochrane may well be tonight’s eldest participant and has pencilled herself in for the midnight to 3am stint, to keep Domain Village People team captain Faye Cook company throughout the small hours, as teams continually circumnavigate the track until tomorrow afternoon.

“It’s good to be able to raise public awareness and money for all types of cancer,” Mrs Cochrane said.

While overnight festivities are usually the domain of the younger generation, some of Domain Village’s residents will endure a night of self-induced fatigue in helping celebrate the conclusion of another successful fundraising campaign, while remembering those

lives prematurely cut short or affected by cancer.

“Our trivia nights, held throughout the year at the village’s community centre in Junortoun are always well attended and prove a guaranteed fundraiser,” Mrs Cook said.

“We were also helped this year by one of out team members, who raised thousands through sponsorship of his Kokoda Track trek.”

The Domain Village People have raised more than $17,000 this year alone, to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for cancer research and local support services.

They have raised in excess of $47,000 since Mrs Cook established the team, with like-minded residents in 2015.

In 18 years the Bendigo relay has raised in excess of $3.28 million and organisers are hoping to better last year’s collective effort of $125,000 with help from the more than 50 teams and 500 entrants, expected to participate at the overnight event.

– Nick Atyeo