Bunbury’s Relay for Life is returning bigger and better in its 21st year, with the South West branch launching its 2023 campaign last week. The joint launch and milestone birthday party took place at the City of Bunbury, where stalwart relay participants and interested groups gathered to learn about the upcoming event set for the first weekend of November. The 24-hour walking event raising funds for the Cancer Council was first established in the South West in 2002, last year raising more than $215 000. All money raised from West Australian fundraisers stay within the State, going towards costs including travel and accommodation for regional cancer patients, advocacy, research and prevention. Relay for Life South West chair Emily McKelvie thanked local businesses for getting behind the cause this year. “We have a lot of new sponsors this year ... and we appreciate any sponsorship, no matter how small or large, so thank you everyone,” she said. “Seven of our 14 cash sponsors for 2023 are new the Relay for Life this year so it’s really great to see so many people jumping on board.” Seasoned relay regulars can expect some new additions to this year’s festivities including a dance-off, laugh yoga and a Very Important Tent for the team that sells the most raffle tickets in the lead-up to the event. City of Bunbury mayor Jaysen Miguel — who walked an incredible 42km in last year’s relay — addressed the crowds, saying he was looking forward to another spectacular event. “i’m looking forward to being there again this year, Relay for Life is very important,” he said. “We all known someone who has been affected by cancer. “I’d like to commend the committee in continuing to organise such an important fundraiser, thank you to the teams, sponsors and volunteers who make this event possible.” Anyone interested in being involved in this year’s event can register via relayforlife.org.au.