WITH more than 50 Southern Highlands teams registered for this year's Relay For Life, it's clear the banding together of business and community to fight cancer is important.
Businesses such as the NRMA, Bowral Health Club, Coles-Bilo and ANZ are taking up the challenge and helping to raise much needed funds for not only those diagnosed with cancer, but also their friends and families.
Southern Highlands ANZ relay team leader Bel Gauci said all the staff members had formed a team to support Relay For Life and the community of the Southern Highlands.
For some team members across the Relay For Life program, cancer has been a personal issue, whether it's through individual experience or other community members battling with the disease.
Sporting their bright wigs in the face of the fight, a spokeswoman for the Southern Highlands ANZ team said many participants dressed up for the event.
"It's worth coming on the day just to see everybody," said Relay For Life committee chair Judi O'Brien.
So far the combined teams of the Southern Highlands have raised more than $45,000 of the $200,000 target, but the call has gone out for more contributions.
"We're really encouraging businesses to participate this year and not just write a cheque," Ms O'Brien said. "My mantra is: don't just donate - participate."
The combined teams of the Southern Highlands will participate in the relay event on April 28 (that's saturday week) at Eridge Park Oval, Bowral.
The day begins at 9.30am, followed by the survivors walk starting at 10am.
A candlelight ceremony of hope will be held at dusk.
Meanwhile, Wingecarribee Rural Fire Service also has a team and will hold an auction-fundraising night this Friday (April 20) from 6pm at Mittagong RSL in the Carrington Room.
It will be a night of food and fun.
Tickets are available from Moss Vale, Bowral and Mittagong BDCU branches. Tickets are $50 each, which includes a three-course meal, lucky door prize and entertainment, local performers Jacob Sgouros, Brad Marks and Sean Robertson.
Throughout the night more than 70 items worth in excess of $6500 will be auctioned.
Everyone is encouraged to take part in a fantastic night to raise money for the cancer council.