David Watson might not be running the Seymour Relay for Life any more, but he's still heavily connected with the event.
Well-known Seymour resident David Watson has been appointed patron of the Seymour Relay for Life this year, after leading the volunteer organising committee since the inaugural event in 2008.
Cancer Council Victoria co-ordinator for the region, Emmett Bronca, said Mr Watson had been a valuable contributor to the event, helping to ensure it returned to the community every year.
‘‘David was the inaugural chair manager for Seymour’s relay and continued in that role for five years,’’ Mr Bronca said.
‘‘We are honoured that David is continuing his support of Relay for Life and we are delighted to announce him as the event patron.’’
Mr Watson encouraged district residents to get on board with the relay this year. It will be held at Kings Park on September 21 and 22.
‘‘Form a team and join in,’’ he said.
‘‘There are 16 teams registered so far and we would like even more to support the event.’’
Mr Watson described strong community support as an achievement during his time at the helm of the local relay.
‘‘One highlight was the recognition by (Mitchell Shire Council) in naming Seymour’s Relay for Life 2011 as the Community Event of the Year on Australia Day 2012, which raised the profile of the event across the Shire,’’ he said.
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