Students from Epsom Primary School are raising money for cancer research.

Students from Epsom Primary School are offering hope to cancer victims, survivors and carers at the Cancer Council’s Bendigo Relay for Life getting under way this evening at Backhaus Oval, Golden Square.

Organisers are expecting more than 500 people will attend the overnight event in aid of finding a cancer cure and funding support services for all cancer sufferers.

Grade five student, Cooper McConnell came up with the idea to support the Relay for Life when the junior school council was looking at ways to branch out to help the community, according to teacher Gill Davey, who will be joining students at their first relay under the Team Epsom Joy banner.

“I know a lot of people with cancer including my own grandmother and was wanting to do something to help,” Cooper said.

He was pivotal in helping the team exceed its fundraising target by several hundred dollars.

“We’ll be a lot better organised next year and try to get the whole school onboard,” Mrs Davey said.

The carnival-inspired relay starts with an opening ceremony at 6.30pm today followed by the Survivors and Carers Walk and the emotional candlelight ceremony, which will be the culmination of months of fundraising effort.

Teams can circumnavigate the Fir Street oval throughout the night and be entertained by a variety of acts until late and again from early Saturday morning.

Bendigo’s 20th Relay will wind up Saturday afternoon with the main raffle draw and announcement of category winners from 3pm after a barbecue lunch and afternoon of music from Paul Holmes, Peace Pipes and Kandal.

To find out more visit www.bendigorelayforlife.org.au or phone 1300 656 585.