Benalla's Bernice Vance has stepped down after two years as Relay for Life chairperson.December 17, 2012 4:58am
The Benalla community has raised close to $100,000 in two years thanks to the efforts of Relay For Life.
But that wouldn’t have happened without the driving force of chairperson Bernice Vance — who, after two years at the helm of the organisation, has decided to turn her focus to bigger and further-reaching projects.
That doesn’t mean she’ll turn a blind eye to the cancer relay; Bernice said it was a two-year love affair that had consumed her countless hours — and no doubt has caused endless sleepless nights.
‘‘I am passionate about the relay, I can’t take that away just like that,’’ she said.
‘‘But I need to reprioritise my life and I have so many other projects on the go that require my full focus.
‘‘I will still be involved in a supporting and mentoring way on the day and in the lead-up, but I can’t commit to a committee position.’’
Bernice said she would turn her energy to the Hume Regional Integrated Cancer Service program which allows cancer patients, survivors and carers to be involved in the improving of oncology services.
‘‘It’s about getting them involved in the decision-making process and letting them know that their views do make a difference,’’ she said.
After working for countless hours behind the scenes for the past two years, Bernice said she hoped the community continued to offer the same support for the event as they have in the past.
‘‘I’ll be back for sure down the track, but right now I have to focus on these other projects — but I wish and hope the community provide the same level of involvement they have in the past, and even some of those step into committee roles,’’ Bernice said.
‘‘It is up to the community to now strengthen the foundation we already have. I believe a town like Benalla can do that.’’
Aside from her cancer project, Bernice is also on the interim council.
‘‘I really value the importance of education to our young people and I want to see through the merging of our schools,’’ Bernice said.
In the meantime, Bernice can rest assured that nearly $100
Cancer Council Victoria’s Relay For Life co-ordinator Sam Hawkins said it was people such as Bernice who made the events such a success.
‘‘We at Cancer Council Victoria value all our volunteers and there is no doubt Bernice has been an asset to the Benalla relay,’’ Mr Hawkins said.
‘‘We do really appreciate her contribution, and are sad to see her go, but look forward to having a new chairperson.’’
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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