Faye Cook and Lynette Cochrane from the Domain Village people.

ABOUT 600 participants attended last Friday’s Cancer Council’s overnight Relay for Life at Backhaus Oval Golden Square, raising in excess of $138,000.

Forty-nine teams had fund-raised tirelessly leading up to the event – which cumulated in a night of reflective celebrations, remembering those who have died or have their quality of life curtailed by cancer which will eventually affect one in every two Victorians by the age of 85.

In 19 years the Bendigo Relay has donated more than $3.42 million to the Cancer Council in helping find a cure for cancer and financing local support services.

Despite the number of entrants being down considerably on last year’s tally the total amount raised exceeded last year’s effort by several thousand dollars.

The Domain Village People were this year’s standout team raising more than $17,000, close to $7000 ahead of second placed team – Team Justice.

Another eight teams rounded off the top place getters all raising in excess of  $5000 each.

Special category winners included; Flower Power, Holy Rosary Church, Mad Hatters, Grease Lightning, Crusoe College, Team Neon, Cancers no Game and Rutodobrigado.

This year’s venue was well received by all those attending, and despite a date and venue to be finalised for 2019 several teams are already registered and ready to do it again, for this most worthwhile cause. www.relayforlife.org.au