Barunga Boomers take to the Kadina Football Oval

In a wonderful finish to several months of fundraising the Barunga Boomers – Ageing with Attitude took to the Kadina Football Oval to be part of this year’s Upper Yorke Peninsula Relay For Life.

With help from Barunga staff, volunteers and residents, and the wider Port Broughton community, the Barunga Boomers raised $5000 for the Cancer Council.

Relay for Life sees teams raise funds on behalf of the Cancer Council. To celebrate their fundraising achievements, the teams then participate in the Relay, which this year was held on Saturday and Sunday, October 29 – 30.

The overnight event started at 2pm on Saturday, concluding at 9am Sunday.

Team captain of Barunga Boomers – Ageing with Attitude, Carol Elliot, said Relay was a wonderful weekend where the 14 Barunga Village staff members, who formed the team, had a chance to socialise, meet other ‘relayers’ and most importantly celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and remember those who have lost their battle to cancer.

“A highlight of the event was the carers and survivors walk. Three team members of the Barunga Boomers took part in this – myself, Stacey Meschede and Carsten Meschede,” Carol said.

“There was also a candle lighting ceremony to remember those who have died battling cancer and the team leaders also lit a candle wheel in remembrance.”

Throughout the 19 hours of Relay, Carol said spirits were kept high with everyone chatting to one another and live music playing until about midnight.

“Even though we were exhausted by the end of the event, we all had a wonderful feeling of achievement,” she said.

Fundraising activities included a Tupperware party, a barbecue and live music Sunday lunch, and afternoon tea. Private donations were also made to the team.

Carol Elliot and Stacey Meschede were part of the Barunga Boomers team.

Carol Elliot, Stacey Meschede, Carsten Meschede and Sam Meschede pictured at Relay for Life.