CQU Vice-Chancellor challenges local leaders in fight against cancer

01 March 2023

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Nick Klomp has challenged local community members, leaders and politicians across the Central Queensland footprint to support the fight against cancer at the upcoming Rockhampton Relay for Life.

The Rockhampton Relay for Life event will be held on Saturday, 22 July at the CQUniversity Rockhampton North Campus. It will bring together community groups from across not only the Rockhampton region, but also the Central Queensland footprint, with teams from Mackay, Emerald and Gladstone expected to join this year.  

The event seeks to celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and raise funds and awareness for cancer care, support and research.

Professor Klomp, Patron of the 2023 Rockhampton Relay for Life, joined with fellow Relay for Life supporters, including CQUniversity employee, cancer survivor and Face of Relay, Samantha Hall, to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Rockhampton event, and encourage the local community to get involved.

Professor Klomp said the University is proud to partner with and host the event again this year.

“CQUniversity has been proudly supporting this community event for two decades now.

“As a regional university with a strong commitment to community, we stand behind the causes that impact and matter to our communities, which is why our support of Relay for Life is so important.”

As Patron of the 2023 Rockhampton Relay for Life, Professor Klomp is determined to see the event grow this year.  

“I am very proud to serve in the role of patron this year, and I’m determined to make the 21st anniversary event the biggest one yet.

“CQUniversity already has several teams registered from across our Central Queensland footprint, and we’re keen to see more involvement from our local organisations, leaders and politicians this year.

“I’m putting the challenge out there to all our local leaders – register a team and show up to support this cause for our community.

“Registering a team to relay for 12 hours on a track might be a challenge, but it’s absolutely nothing in comparison to what those with cancer go through. Let’s rally together and support them.”

To register a team, volunteer, or find out more about Relay for Life, please visit www.relayforlife.org.au or call 1300 65 65 85.